Charity to teach teens dangers of gambling

With the introduction of the new Gambling Act 2005 last weekend, a new charity has been set up to educate youngsters about gambling addiction and to teach them to gamble responsibly.

Gamble Aware, managed by the Responsibility in Gambling Trust, has developed its website with the aid of the Gambling Commission, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, universities and those in the industry.

The website provides a base for those willing to gamble a subjective and realistic view on gambling and advice on how to recognise and treat a gambling problem. The website is aimed at teaching vulnerable groups, especially young males between 18 and 21, the ins and outs of gambling.

"There's a danger of a rise in problem gambling. Young males between 18 and 21 are most at risk because they can get a credit card and join online poker games,” said a spokesman for Gamble Aware.

Gerry Sutcliffe, culture minister, believes the website will be an invaluable source for those seeking the facts to do with gambling. He said: "Gambling can be an enjoyable leisure activity. But what is a harmless past-time for some can lead to problems for others, and it is essential that people know how to gamble responsibly. Gamblers need to have access to the full facts about gambling, and this website is a good source of sensible information."


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