The National Health Council in Belgium has some strongly criticism on the Gambling Commission. It says that the Commission mainly works for the gambling industry and that it doesn’t protect gamblers at all. The National Health Council also advices to ban gambling commercials everywhere. Especially younger people are sensitive and can develop a gambling addiction quite easily. A ban on commercials would diminish this risk.
Young gambling addicts in Belgium
The numbers of gambling addicts in Belgium are quite shocking. One out of twenty Belgians becomes addicted to gambling. This is why the National Health Council thinks that a ban on gambling commercials is a good idea. At the moment persons below the age of 18 are not allowed to enter a casino. It’s still possible for them to take a gamble though. What’s more, about fifty percent of the younger people between the age of 12 and 18 has already been gambling.
Reaction from the Gambling Commission
The Commission is obviously not happy with the criticism. It states that in no other country in the world gambling addicts are protected so well. Besides that, the Gambling Commission has already put more than 300.000 on the so called ‘black list’. It means that they cannot gamble online or in a land-based casino anymore. However, the gambling industry also has to be profitable to fight against illegal gambling. So you can simply not forbid everything that concerns gambling.