Gamstop Partners With YGAM for University Tour

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UK gambling exclusion service Gamstop announced this week that they're working with the Young Gamers and Gamblers Education Trust as well as RecoverMe health application, and will be going on a university tour throughout the UK.

The three groups will be dubbing the tour "The Gambling Support University Tour" and will travel to different locations throughout the country to discuss the risk of gambling addiction as well as support services that the groups offer. The groups decided to work together after a survey of 2,000 university students from Censuswide revealed that 80% had gambled and 41% admitted that gambling had negatively impacted their time at university.

On average, students gambled £31.52 per week, and 18% said they spent more than £50. 35% said they used money from their student loans, had overdrafted an account, or borrowed money to gamble.

Regarding the tour, Gamstop CEO Fiona Palmer said, "The Gambling Support University Tour has been a great success and is an important initiative for all the organisations taking part.

"Gambling-related harm on our campuses is a subject that is rarely addressed, but for any students experiencing problems with their gambling, self-exclusion is one of the most important tools available, giving them valuable breathing space whilst they seek additional help".

YGAM's Director of External Affairs Daniel Bliss also commented, adding: "The popularity of the tour so far shows us that gambling harms is clearly an issue that universities are more conscious of.

"Universities offer support to their students on a variety of issues ranging from alcohol, drugs, and debt. We believe gambling should be given the same level of focus and this tour is helping to increase awareness and understanding."

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Therese Williams // UK Correspondent
Therese Williams
Therese is a fervent fan of slot machines and pub fruities, often trying her luck at some of the top online casinos. She covers news for Casino Listings with a focus on the UK and Europe. Therese studied arts and creative writing at university and has written for newspapers in the UK.