Research highlights underestimated problem gambling in Ireland, calls for further study
The extent of problem gambling in Ireland may be underestimated, with societal perceptions contributing to this underestimation
New research conducted by the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) reveals that the extent of problem gambling in Ireland may be underestimated due to negative societal perceptions.
The review suggests that social desirability bias can lead to an underestimation of problem gambling, warranting additional research to understand public attitudes towards gambling.
The study emphasizes that around 12,000 people in Ireland are identified as problem gamblers, while the number of individuals at low or moderate risk of problem gambling is ten times higher.
The ESRI research emphasizes the need for effective interventions, limit-setting tools, and regulatory measures to address problem gambling in the country.