Extern Problem Gambling has welcomed a report published today by the Economic & Social Research Institute (ESRI) on problem gambling in Ireland.


The report indicates that approximately 1 in 30 adults in Ireland meet the threshold for problem gambling, which equates to around 130,000 individuals. However, Irish-based charity Extern – which operates a dedicated problem gambling project as part of its services – has highlighted that an additional 6 to 10 people per problem gambler could be further impacted by gambling harms; altogether this would equate to a total of between 910,000 and 1.4 million people.

Barry Grant, Counsellor and Project Manager of Extern Problem Gambling, said: “This report shines a light on the serious public health issue that is problem gambling in Ireland. We hope that this research will encourage more people to seek help by normalising and destigmatising problem gambling as an issue.

“This is not an issue at the fringes of society. For every person with a gambling problem, an additional 6-10 people are impacted. We encourage anyone who is impacted by gambling harms to seek help. For information on all support services, visit www.problemgambling.ie.