GAMSTOP Achieves New Record Registrations in 2023

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Britain’s national self-exclusion scheme, GAMSTOP, has reported a 9.5% year-on-year increase in new registrations in 2023.

According to the released data, more than 92,000 vulnerable individuals signed up to self-exclude from gambling in the previous year. This brings the total number of people registered on GAMSTOP since its inception in April 2018 to 433,357 individuals.

The Rising Trend of Self-Exclusion

The service also recorded that May 2023 witnessed the highest amount of new registrations at 8,591. 55% of all registrations chose the five-year exclusion from gambling, which is the longest duration offered by GAMSTOP. Other individuals opt for timeframes, including six months and a year.

GAMSTOP also noted a rise in teenagers and young adults self-excluding, with a 31% increase in registrants aged 16 to 24 during the latter half of 2023. This age group also made up 21% of new registrations between July and December, up 17% from the same period in 2022.

The service stated that the continual rise in registrations indicates the significance of self-exclusion as a crucial tool for consumers dealing with problem gambling. It provides them with an opportunity to pause and seek additional support.

We are continuing to see a year-on-year increase in the number of registrants, which shows the importance of self-exclusion for anyone struggling with their gambling, alongside other blocking tools and support. We want to continue raising awareness of GAMSTOP to anyone who might benefit from self-exclusion and to the friends and families of anyone affected by gambling.

Fiona PalmerGAMSTOP Chief Executive

Students Awareness Campaign

During the year, GAMSTOP toured UK university campuses and engaged with students in discussions to educate and raise their awareness of problem gambling and self-exclusion. The service mentioned that it will soon disclose the findings of its yearly research on student gambling.

“The prevalence of young adults among GAMSTOP’s registrants shows the importance of educating younger consumers, and we will continue our outreach to this age group in 2024, working collaboratively with like-minded organizations and harnessing the support of our football club partners,” Palmer added.

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