GambleAware: Disproportionate gambling-harm in ethnic minority communities
Updated: Jan 29
New research commissioned by GambleAware and delivered by YouGov has found that ethnic minority communities are disproportionately impacted by gambling harms and have a higher demand for treatment.
Prevalence of gambling-harm
In TalkGEN’s research on Gambling in BAME published in October 2020, we found that disproportionate harms in minority ethnic groups were reported in research from 2007, 2010, and 2012. The results we have from this 2020 study are in line with these older results and reflect an odds ratio for the most severe harm of around 3.
Prevalence of gambling-harm due to own gambling among BAME adults: 1 in 5 (20%)
Prevalence of gambling-harm due to another person's gambling among BAME adults: 1 in 10 (9%)
Co-existing health conditions
50% of individuals suffering PG harm from White Ethnic groups have a co-existing long-term health condition
65% of individuals suffering PG harm from BAME Ethnic groups have a co-existing long-term health condition
Prevalence of affected others in children
40% of individuals suffering PG harm from White Ethnic group have a child under 18 in the household
50% of individuals suffering PG harm from BAME Ethnic groups have a child under 18 in the household
Sources of treatment, advice, and support
Individuals suffering gambling-harm reported accessing support from their GP; however, this contrasts with expectations as there are no guidelines or medical curriculums that cover gambling-harm
BAME individuals were more likely to access specialist services. However, these results are in stark contrast with the official statistics published, which reflect that BAME individuals are disproportionately less likely to access services (National Treatment Statistics)