“WHERE is the finish line for you?” reads the advert, which shows horses galloping towards the finishing line, and another showing a student gambling online as an exam looms, writes Anne Sheridan.
For the next three weeks, the University of Limerick is holding a gambling awareness campaign to encourage people with this addiction to seek help.
“We can see people smoke, we can see people drink and we can see the effects of drug use on some members of our population but can we really see the effects of gambling addiction?” asked a spokesperson for the campaign.
“If we look at the millions bookmakers make in profits can we say that anyone is winning the battle against the bookmakers? Students across Ireland, mostly male students, are aiding these bookmakers profits on a scale like never before. Each week students try to supplement their shoe string budget by placing bets on well-known sporting events,” the spokesperson added.
“Online gambling is only making the problem worse as bookmakers make the move online so they can interact with students on their homepage but also through social media.”
Call Gamble Aware, the national problem gambling helpline, on 1800 753 753, or see facebook.com/gambleaware13