According to NHS Digital, almost 60% of men and 55% of women reported that they gambled in 2018. Statistics suggest that during the pandemic, online gambling grew by 8%. This is no doubt because people were still able to buy lottery tickets and scratchcards. However, betting shops had to close and matches were cancelled. As a result, many people took the opportunity to gamble online for the first time. While a study by the University of Bristol showed that the rates of gambling dropped, online gambling increased.

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm on weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer, you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

It was originally thought that anxiety and depression were linked with the frequency at which a person would gamble. However, it was found that alcohol use had more of an impact. Those who tended to drink more than 6 units at least once a week were much more likely to gamble. In addition to this, it was found that those who started to struggle financially were much more likely to gamble during lockdown.

Both gambling and drinking are addictive behaviours, according to the study’s lead author, who also suggested that both behaviours could lead to serious social and health consequences.

While not everyone who gambles resorts to problematic behaviour, having access to online casinos can result in some people needing help. The link between alcohol and gambling suggests that restrictions on gambling sites and other digital interventions may be needed. If you’re concerned about gambling, one of the places you could get help is this website

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm on weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer, you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

Interested in helping those who are struggling with their mental health? We offer Mental Health First Aid training in Selby. Contact us at info@communitea.org.uk