Gambling Concerns in Scotland

The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, Lorna Hood warns as to the effects of gambling.

Gambling is a contributing factor for struggling Scottish families, Hood said.

The Right Reverend Hood has concerns especially for online and mobile gaming saying:

“Adverts during sports and other TV programmes encourage us to place bets using tablets and smartphones [that are] within arm’s reach. Gambling has a long history, but we are now in an era where it is more accessible because of new technology and promoted more through mass advertising.

“The ads seek to present regular gambling as a cool, normalised part of our culture. Companies may become richer through this commerce.

“The danger is that individuals and their families simply become debt-ridden, with all the misery that entails.”

The Herald Scotland news publication also wrote on the issue of gambling. The UK was criticized for the rise in online gambling.

The article supports limiting stakes to just GBP 2 in gaming machines and pushes the Scottish government to lobby Westminster to get a handle on predatory gambling practices.

"At the very least it should continue to lobby the UK government to stem the growth of fixed odds betting - a sure sign of a gambling industry that is out of control," the article closes with.

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