Gambling is a source of entertainment for many people around the world, but there are often campaigns to denounce problem gambling and warn of its harms, especially when it comes to young people.
There are charities that are raising this issue and investing significant funds to warn those who frequently engage in this activity. For example, GambleAware is providing £4 million to encourage research into this issue in the UK. In addition, awareness programs are being presented to highlight the harms in general.
GambleAware’s project, which initially plans to invest £4 million, the equivalent of C$6.97 million, aims to see this amount grow by furthering research into this important issue, such as gambling-related harm. In fact, this project considers that there is a need to differentiate between categories of gambling. The focus of its research is on irresponsible gambling, and it is this category that it wishes to warn against.
The choice of the universities called to study the problem of the misdeeds of gambling was not made randomly; on the contrary, the universities that have been designated are those that have shown a real interest in identifying this field that tends to spread throughout the world. Therefore, it is important to think about undertaking serious and in-depth research to achieve tangible results regarding positive gambling behaviour.
GambleAware is committed to addressing this at an academic level, not by treating the phenomenon as social science as some academics do, but rather as an incentive for the gambler himself to avoid irresponsible gambling. With this in mind, Academic Research Hub is thinking of conducting its study in the UK and gradually expanding it around the world. Indeed, it aims to collaborate with academics in other parts of the world to identify the harms of gambling and prevent them.
Gambling and its impact on people interested in this field is rarely the subject of academic research, but according to GambleAware’s Director of Research, Alison Clare, the availability of a significant grant to academics to study the harms of gambling will be a great encouragement to them. So GambleAware, which is used to provide grants for other types of programs, is optimistic that this academic study will be conducted in Britain to identify and prevent irresponsible gambling-related harm rationally.