Eliminating the gambling dependence problem in Great Britain can significantly increase the level of population happiness. The scientists of Lancaster University Management School and the University of Sheffield conducting the research devoted to the happiness rate among the country’s population have come to such conclusions.
A survey of 10 thousand adult citizens of the UK has shown that problematic players rate their level of happiness lower than men who do not suffer from gambling addiction or are not connected to the gambling.
Respondents were asked to rate their happiness level at the time of the survey, on a scale from 1 to 10. People who had no problems with gambling on average gave themselves 7.95 points whereas problem players gave 6.25 points. After studying of a number of padding indicators that affect the feeling of human happiness, the gap between “healthy” and problem players was reduced from 1.7 to 1.5 points.
According to survey, about 0,7% of adult population of Great Britain consider themselves compulsive gamblers, which is 1/3 of every million of the population as a whole.
“It is one thing to feel bad about losing money accidentally, but real damage comes from having wasted money that could have been spent on fun, the kids, or on the essentials of life,” professor Ian Walker, co-author of the report, said.