For the primary time, nearly all of Swedes with a playing habit are ladies, the well being authority’s newest survey figures recommend.
The report discovered there was now not a gender hole amongst downside gamblers, of whom half had been ladies.
And among the many 45,000 individuals with an issue extreme sufficient to be thought-about a playing habit, 64% had been ladies.
That’s up from simply 18% in 2015 – with the surge broadly being attributed to the rise in on-line playing.
The survey of 5,000 individuals discovered that general numbers of downside gamblers had dropped for the reason that final evaluation revealed in 2015.
However on the identical time, there was a 50% enhance in downside gamblers – the class through which the gender hole vanished.
The variety of ladies with a playing downside had been growing over the previous 10 years, the general public well being company stated.
Ulla Romild, the investigator behind the report, stated that regardless of the drop in general numbers, it was “worrying” that severe issues had been growing “and that we see a rise amongst ladies”.
She stated that from a public well being perspective, the excessive proportion of feminine playing addicts – these with essentially the most extreme downside – was not crucial end result.
“Our focus is broader than solely individuals being depending on playing,” she stated. “We’re extra excited by a bigger group experiencing hurt… a mix of individuals with reasonable danger and playing issues.”
That group accommodates greater than 100,000 individuals – just below 1.5% of Sweden’s inhabitants. One other 225,000 – just below three% of the inhabitants – have some danger of changing into downside gamblers.
One space the report highlights is the growing quantity of playing finished on-line, and the “new recreation kinds” on the web that are altering gaming patterns.
Professor Anders Håkansson from Lund College – a specialist in playing habit – advised Radio Sweden that this might be one rationalization for the rise in ladies playing.
“We’ve got to think about the face that the playing market could be very totally different now… primarily with the excessive proportion of playing occurring on-line,” he stated
“Girls who do search therapy usually tend to report on-line on line casino playing than males do,” he stated.
Since 1 January, Sweden has been working a brand new licensing system for playing and lotteries, and the nation is now contemplating how such video games are marketed.
Minister for Public Administration Ardalan Shekarabi launched an announcement alongside the report promising to “put an finish to the aggressive recreation promoting”.
The playing trade had proposed a type of self-regulation, however Mr Shekarabi stated on Wednesday that it “won’t be ample.”
“Extra must be finished in order that those that are most susceptible out there are protected,” he stated.
Within the UK, the playing fee says males are much more prone to have playing issues – zero.9% in contrast with zero.1% of the inhabitants. Within the US, the hole between female and male gamblers is narrowing, in accordance the Nationwide Council on Drawback gaming – and ladies even outnumber males within the 45-64 age group.