Have you ever thought about placing a small bet to win a big sum of money?
I mean, who hasn’t? Not only do you make money, but you also get a rush of dopamine, a “feel-good” hormone that gives you the same pleasure as eating your favorite food.
Although gambling has become a huge form of entertainment, it can easily be addictive. Gambling addiction is a progressive disorder that has many negative psychological, physical, and social consequences. It’s an uncontrollable urge to gamble despite these consequences. It is classified as an impulse control disorder. With the increase in the number of cases of gambling addiction worldwide, it has become an important public health problem in many countries.
With this impending problem of increasing gambling addicts, the chances of a decline are compromised as gambling operators target low income people and those who have quit gambling. Selling the rags-to-riches story, the operators have attracted more gamblers and increased poverty levels as people gamble excessively. They also use a process called “dynamic retargeting” to attract recovering addicts and get them to start playing again.
The BBC reports that problem gambling affects up to 1% of the population. Based on this estimate, around two million Nigerians currently have gambling problems.
Gambling problems are an unhealthy obsession with gambling. Gambling addiction, overspending of time and money, gambling regardless of the potentially negative effects it can have on your life, and chasing losses are some of them. examples. A recent study shows that 5.8% of the world’s adult population may have a gambling problem and only 0.2% of this number are likely to seek help.
To address this problem, Gamble Alert is well positioned to promote responsible gambling through evidence-based research, awareness programs and treatments. Responsible gambling refers to initiatives designed to ensure the integrity and fairness of gambling operations, and to prevent or mitigate harm associated with gambling. It advocates pauses in gambling activities, setting limits and refraining from using gambling as a source of income. Responsible gaming includes self-exclusion programs, tracking behavioral characteristics, training gaming facility employees, and setting gaming limits.
Ohy Nigeria needs one Self-exclusionplan
Self-Exclusion is a program/process that allows players to voluntarily ban themselves from gaming sites or specific licensed websites for a period of time. In simple terms, this means legally excusing yourself from all legal gambling establishments (physical or virtual) for a period of time. The purpose of self-exclusion is to prevent exposure to gambling activities while providing those harmed by gambling a path to recovery by ensuring they have access to all the tools and treatments available to help them. on their journey to recovery. Suffice it to say, self-exclusion is there to help keep gambling healthy and fun instead of becoming nearly banned or a public health issue.
Being on the self-exclusion list means the individual would be denied entry to physical gambling establishments or access to online gambling platforms. Most self-exclusion agreements provide for a restriction of at least one year. This means that even if you can’t get out of the agreement in less than a year, you can exclude yourself even for five years or for life.
Self-exclusion not only reduces gambling incidents, but it also promotes empowerment. When bettors choose to impose restrictions on themselves, they are demonstrating empowerment over behavior. They “take charge” of their actions and themselves reduce the negative impact of their own decisions.
The initiative of GambleAlert
Gambling has a long history in Nigeria. Previously, he was considered antisocial and frowned upon in public. But it quickly established itself as a legitimate “leisure” activity.
According to reports, 60 million Nigerians between the ages of 18 and 40 actively play sports. According to estimates, this figure will increase as more and more people use smartphones.
Unfortunately, there are no effective regulations that control what citizens consume when it comes to gambling. Nothing prevents indiscriminate pop-ups from betting sites while browsing the Internet. With this blatant disregard for consumer protection and the absence of policies, Nigeria risks seeing gambling become a public health issue. As things stand, there is no infrastructure to address gambling addictions and treat problem gambling in Nigeria. For a country that has absolutely no laws governing safer gambling, there is also no data that takes into account the exact number of players and, by extension, an estimate of who might currently be in trouble. of game.
Gamble Alert aims to build the responsible gambling bridge. Through several initiatives, Gamble Alert gathers appropriate records on gambling activities and gambling problems in Nigeria, provides gamblers with mental aids to help curb compulsive gambling, and provides clinical and rehabilitation assistance to drug addicts. These objectives have fostered the collaboration between Gamble Alert and Gamban.
Reduce gto stroll Harm in Nigeria: The Gamble Alert – Gamban Collaboration.
Gamban is software that blocks access to gambling sites and apps on all of a user’s devices. Launched in 2016, this software is one of a kind as it is the only software that has promoted self-exclusion by preventing excessive online gambling. The software was then made available in the market via Windows, Mac, IOS and Android.
Although Gamban was created to tackle the rapidly growing gambling problems in the UK, there has since been collaboration across different countries and organisations. Examples include Norway and Kenya. Gamban’s first imprint in Africa was in Kenya. Working with the Responsible Gambling Federation, Gamban has been able to provide regulatory technology to help Kenyans regain control of their lives from gambling addiction.
By collaborating with Gamban in September 2021, Gamble Alert hoped to give Nigerians a tool to help protect themselves from device-level gambling sites and apps and avert the public health catastrophe that inaction would bring. As a result of this collaboration, Gamban has now extended its protection to the Nigerian market to help combat gambling addiction, Gamban is the only technological tool on the African continent to help reduce the harms of gambling.
The perspective of the Gamble Alert-Gamban collaboration
The Gamble Alert-Gamban collaboration aims to highlight gambling issues in the country. With the help of the Association of Gaming Regulators of Africa, of which Gamble Alert and Gamban are members, gaming regulation is being sought to curb the indiscriminate exploitation of citizens. The goal is to create an infrastructure that would adequately support safer gaming. Moreover, this partnership represents a first step towards effective consumer protection. The health of customers and consumers is a priority, which is why betting companies would limit unfair and illegal practices to the strict minimum.
Gamble Alert recognizes that the Nigerian gambling market does not take consumer protection seriously as nothing is in place to protect children from underage gambling or the basic level of consumer protection on the market. This is particularly worrying as we see European licensed operators in Nigeria NOT offering the basic level of consumer protection that they offer in markets outside of Africa.
Together, Gamble Alert & Gamban intend to lay the foundations for a sustainable infrastructure for the prevention and treatment of gambling disorders outside the scope of regulation. As self-exclusion does not exist, Gamble Alert has decided to strengthen Gamban, the industry-leading gambling blocking software, in its internal processes so that all callers can benefit from a free trial of 7 days or benefit from a monthly subscription which is a very low cost for this user, as we understand that the cost can be a barrier for someone who has exhausted all their financial resources in gambling. While Gamban is a solution of blocking, GambleAlert intends to use the tool to help mitigate the growth of gambling addiction until the Nigerian market wakes up to the turmoil the gambling industry is bringing to the nation.
What role should government play?
To facilitate the implementation of the plans created and increase the reach, the Nigerian government must show its commitment to safer gambling by establishing regulations and creating policies. These policies must genuinely consider the safety of punters and ensure that they are seen as the most important people in the industry. It is important that policy makers and regulatory interests become less obsessed with bickering over taxation and more concerned about how the lack of consumer protection affects the industry.
Gambling regulators could also support the collaboration by flagging Gamble Alert and Gamban on the footers of their platforms so that they are highly visible to bettors and operators. The government can also support the collaboration by making Gamban available to all Nigerian citizens at no cost to the end user, as the UK Gambling Commission has done, particularly while a federal self-exclusion program is in effect. currently non-existent. This would encourage more people to shed the “hidden addiction” stigma of gambling disorder and begin to open up about the nature of their problems and talk about them with working professionals.
The purpose of this collaboration is to begin to raise awareness of the growing threat of gambling addiction in Nigeria and to help raise awareness of the tools and services that are available to Nigerian society while helping to elevate the standards of the Nigerian gaming industry so that they can no longer be frowned upon.