Gambling addiction continues to be a concern in the UK

group therapy sessions, slowly learning how to control urges once thought uncontrollable.

According to the Royal College of Psychiatrists, gambling is defined as problem gambling when it disrupts or damages family relations, recreational or personal pursuits. They also stated that 70 people out of 1,000 gambled at risky levels, which could be a problem in the future.

There are several harms that are typically associated with problem gambling including:

Financial: These include overdue bills, borrowing money from loved ones and loan sharks, eviction/repossession and committing illegal acts such as fraud and embezzlement.

Family: These include increased arguments over money and debt, neglect, and violence toward a spouse or partner.

Health: These include low self-esteem, depression, substance misuse, mood swings, suicidal thoughts or attempts, and poor sleep habits.

While mental health professionals are offering treatment for those who struggling with problem gambling, legislators from the U.K. and the U.S. are coming together to discuss the future of legalized gaming next month. The meeting, which is organized by the National Council of Legislators from Gaming States (NCLGS) will take place in Scottsdale, Arizona, and will focus on addressing concerns related to all aspects of the gaming industry, including addiction.

While there may be certain jurisdiction-specific concerns, there are several common ones that transcend jurisdictions and international borders including crime prevention, curbing addiction, and maintaining the integrity of sports, and taxation, according to Philip Davies, MP, Chairman of the Parliamentary All-Party Betting & Gaming Group.

The meeting is essential because of the size and scope of the gaming industry. “Our members must expand our horizons, and learn from our counterparts overseas, and they, in turn, can learn much from our experience,” said Florida State Senator and NCLGS President Bill Galvano in a statement.