NHS clinic to treat children addicted to gambling for first time

NHS clinic to treat children addicted to gambling for first time


 Online gaming sites and targeted adverts are leading youngsters to regularly part with their cash, according to NHS England   And now the health service is launching the first clinic for those youngsters in the grip of addiction  Around 55,000 kids between 11 and 16 are hooked on gambling and 450,000 regularly gamble, the Gambling Commission warned   The National Problem Gambling Clinic in London will be opening its doors to offer help to 13 to 25-year-olds from across Britain    NHS England boss Simon Stevens said betting firms could be slapped with taxes to cover the cost of helping those struggling to stop gambling   He blasted the “fraction” spent on fighting addiction compared to the amount of cash splurged on advertising and marketing   Mr Stevens said: “The links between problem gambling and stress, depression and mental health problems are growing and there are too many stories of lives lost and families destroyed   “The industry splashes £1.5billion on marketing and advertising campaigns, but it has been spending just a fraction of that helping customers and their families deal with the direct consequences of addiction ” 

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