gambling addiction

Hungary came up with a self-restraint program for problem gamblers back in 2016. The scheme was introduced after stats were published to indicate over 2.5 million people are currently struggling with some form of gambling disorder in the country.

 The self-restraint program allows those at risk to ban or restrict themselves from partaking in land-based casino games, online casino gaming, arcades, remote gambling and other forms of gambling for up to 5 years.

According to Hungary’s Gambling Supervisory Authority, 150 people have banned themselves this year alone. And though the program appears to have shown success since it was first introduced, researchers do not believe it can work as a permanent fix or solution for every individual.

Extreme cases of addictions require more complex treatment, such as psychotherapy, support groups and medication in some cases. However, the volume of people now seeking help evidences how it’s certainly a step in the right direction, and thousands of others are now being encouraged to take control of their gambling habits as a result. For many who have taken the initiative so far, it seems to be working. 


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Thomas McCoy was born in Bethesda, Maryland and studied finance at the Kogod School of Business at American University in Washington D.C. before heading to New York and a job as a forex trader on Wall Street. Successful enough to launch his own, online forex trading platform, Thomas has long had a keen interest in the places where the worlds of finance and technology meet. As a prolific blogger, Thomas considers himself an expert on cryptocurrencies, casino asset restructuring, and emerging technologies set to change the way people do business.