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GambleAware backs Gamban software

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Gambling charity GambleAware has announced that it will be backing the gambling blocking software known as Gamban, following a period of research. 

The research was carried out by Winning Moves, which was charged with weighing up the technical and therapeutic aspects of three specialised gambling solutions.

According to Marc Etches, the chief executive of GambleAware, blocking software was an important part of the overall treatment plan for problem gamblers and those at risk, who often find it difficult to resist the gambling adverts that have become ubiquitous across the media, though he emphasised that such software was best employed as part of a treatment program:

This report reinforces the point that such tools work best as part of a treatment package tailored to the individual, rather than being effective in isolation. This evaluation gives us the confidence we needed to fund the use of this software for anyone who is referred to our treatment services.”

Technically effective

After analysing each of the software options, Winning Moves found that Gamban was the most effective when it came to blocking gambling sites.

The Associate Director of Winning Moves, Karl King, said that in his company’s experience, problem gamblers were often not aware of the existence of blocking software, or its effectiveness and that it can be a valuable method of self-treatment.

GambleAware intend to make the Gamban software available for existing clients of its national gambling treatment program, with the aim of encouraging more people at risk of becoming problem gamblers to use the app. Under an agreement with GambleAware, anyone who calls the National Gambling Helpline following a referral, will be able to use the Gamban software free of charge.

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