For the primary time, the vast majority of Swedes with a playing habit are girls, the well being authority’s newest survey figures recommend.
The report discovered there was now not a gender hole amongst drawback gamblers, of whom half had been girls.
And among the many 45,000 individuals with an issue extreme sufficient to be thought of a playing habit, 64% had been girls.
That’s up from simply 18% in 2015 – with the surge broadly being attributed to the rise in on-line playing.
The survey of 5,000 individuals discovered that general numbers of drawback gamblers had dropped for the reason that final evaluation printed in 2015.
However on the similar time, there was a 50% improve in drawback gamblers – the class through which the gender hole vanished.
The variety of girls with a playing drawback had been growing over the previous 10 years, the general public well being company mentioned.
Ulla Romild, the investigator behind the report, mentioned that regardless of the drop in general numbers, it was “worrying” that critical issues had been growing “and that we see a rise amongst girls”.
She mentioned that from a public well being perspective, the excessive proportion of feminine playing addicts – these with probably the most extreme drawback – was not an important outcome.
“Our focus is broader than solely individuals being depending on playing,” she mentioned. “We’re extra all in favour of a bigger group experiencing hurt… a mixture of individuals with average danger and playing issues.”
That group accommodates greater than 100,000 individuals – slightly below 1.5% of Sweden’s inhabitants. One other 225,000 – slightly below three% of the inhabitants – have some danger of changing into drawback gamblers.
One space the report highlights is the growing quantity of playing achieved on-line, and the “new recreation varieties” on the web that are altering gaming patterns.
Professor Anders Håkansson from Lund College – a specialist in playing habit – informed Radio Sweden that this may very well be one clarification for the rise in girls playing.
“Now we have to contemplate the face that the playing market may be very completely different now… primarily with the excessive proportion of playing occurring on-line,” he mentioned
“Girls who do search therapy usually tend to report on-line on line casino playing than males do,” he mentioned.
Since 1 January, Sweden has been working a brand new licensing system for playing and lotteries, and the nation is now contemplating how such video games are marketed.
Minister for Public Administration Ardalan Shekarabi launched an announcement alongside the report promising to “put an finish to the aggressive recreation promoting”.
The playing trade had proposed a type of self-regulation, however Mr Shekarabi mentioned on Wednesday that it “won’t be enough.”
“Extra must be achieved in order that those that are most susceptible available in the market are protected,” he mentioned.
Within the UK, the playing fee says males are much more more likely to have playing issues – zero.9% in contrast with zero.1% of the inhabitants. Within the US, the hole between female and male gamblers is narrowing, in accordance the Nationwide Council on Drawback gaming – and ladies even outnumber males within the 45-64 age group.