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Ireland: Number of gamblers seeking help trebles

2 Sep 2009

IRELAND -- As reported by The Examiner: "The number of people attending Gamblers Anonymous (GA) meetings around the country has doubled and in some places trebled over the past six months as people can no longer afford their betting habits.

"A spokesman for GA said there has been a surge in people attending meetings as addicts could no longer keep on top of gambling bills due to changed economic circumstances.

"...The spokesman said the extent of problem gambling still had not been fully recognised in society and it was still very much a hidden addiction.

"...Provisional revenue figures for 2008 reveal that in excess of €3.6 billion was gambled in 1,093 betting shops during 2008..."

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