Gambling nearly took my life: betting terminals should have a £2 maximum stake | Matt Zarb-Cousin
The government must dramatically cut the price of a spin, and give some protection to addicts
If the government were to legalise crack cocaine tomorrow, vendors would be sparse and its consumption would be tightly regulated. It wouldn’t be advertised on TV, either – and certainly not during live sporting events.
The only logic to legalising something highly addictive is that it would regulate its consumption to limit the harm to the user. So given we know that drug addiction is neurologically similar to gambling addiction, and that some gambling products are more addictive, and more harmful, than others, how have we got to a situation where fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) are available in what I view as lightly regulated betting shops, often staffed by a lone worker, which are permitted to open multiple outlets in the same high street?Continue reading...