Have you been affected by gambling?

Aoife Barry
Have you been affected by gambling?

Have you been affected by gambling? A new study will be looking at the impact of gambling on people in Ireland, and the researchers are looking for people to take part.

The study is called Playing Social Roulette: The Impact of Gambling on Individuals & Society in Ireland.

The research

It is supported by the Department of Social Protection, and the prinicipal investigator is Dr Crystal Fulton, a senior lecturer, assisted by Siobhan McGuinness at University College Dublin (UCD).

This study explores the social aspects of gambling, and in particular its impact on the lives of those who participate and on communities.

McGuinness told TheJournal.ie that they will be speaking to people to hear their story and about how gambling has impacted both them and their family and friends.

The study began at the beginning of this year and will run until May 2015. The qualitative research will be drawn up as a report at the end of the process.

“Everything will be anonymised,” assured McGuinness.

Think it’s something you’d like to take part in? Dr Fulton and McGuinness say:

Whether you gamble a little or a lot, or if you have been affected by the gambling of another person, your stories about gambling are needed.

The project is inclusive of different forms of gambling, age groups, gender, and geographic areas within the Republic of Ireland.

It’s funded through the Irish Research Council, with support from the Department of Social Protection.

Currently, an overall picture of who gambles, how and why they gamble is not available in Ireland. This study aims to increase our understanding of our relationship with gambling and how gambling affects individuals, families and society.

Gambling in Ireland

  • There are 1,672 licenced gaming machines in Ireland, with €765,160 in revenue to the State generated by them every year.

  • The GAA recently released gambling guidelines, after promising support for players who are fighting gambling addiction.

  • A proposed new law regulating Ireland’s gambling sector was announced by Justice Minister Alan Shatter last year.

  • Meanwhile, Irish bookmaker Paddy Power has seen its profits grow each year.

To sign up for an interview, you can email: UCDGamblingStudy@gmail.com, phone (01) 716 7593 or check out the Twitter account @UCDGamblingProj.

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