GamCare has teamed up with Alex McLeish (ex-Scotland, Aston Villa and Birmingham City Manager) to promote the support available in Glasgow for those who are struggling with gambling.
The charity supports over 500 individuals in Glasgow to fight the negative effects of gambling.
GambleAware sponsored it. They offer a 24-hour telephone number that can be reached any day of the year. Additionally, anonymous treatment sessions are available online and in-person for free.
GamCare has provided statistics that show more women in Glasgow are speaking to GamCare about their gambling concerns than men, with an average of 77% to 22 percent. The charity also noted that 39% are below the legal age to seek help. This is another reminder of the vulnerability of young adults to gambling-related issues.
McLeish commented: “I am pleased to be backing this campaign to raise awareness of GamCare and the work they do to help anyone struggling with gambling in Glasgow. People need to know who they can go for assistance if they have a problem.
“Gambling is prevalent in the football industry, so I am really keen to ensure people know where and how to seek help should they have an issue.”
GamCare’s recent research shows that six million Brits have known someone who has a gambling problem. Another stat is that 25% of Brits have regrets about placing a wager they had placed.
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Lisa-Marie Patton, GamCare Scotland Team Leader, added: “At GamCare, we know that people in Glasgow who use our services can find it difficult to enjoy live sports, particularly games such as the Old Firm derby.
“With potentially more temptation this weekend ahead of the game, there’s an added importance that people know where they can turn to if they need support with their gambling.”
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