Addiction experts are braced for a surge in people seeking support for problem gambling after this week’s Cheltenham Festival.
Tony O’Reilly, an addiction counsellor at Extern Problem Gambling (EPG), said there was a “definite spike” in the number of people seeking help for the first time after the annual horseracing event.
O’Reilly added that people in recovery from gambling addiction were also at risk of relapse, with those who had a genuine interest in racing particularly susceptible in the days and weeks after the festival.
“It’s very triggering because it’s everywhere, we can’t escape the fact that it’s on,” he said. “People get sucked into the thought that maybe they can go back and do the gambling on a lower level, and try to do