Latvia to offer psychologist sessions to problem gamblers

5 July 2019

Latvia gambling regulator the Lotteries and Gambling Supervisory Inspection (IAUI) has announced details of a new initiative whereby consumers suffering with gambling-related problems can access state-funded psychologist support.

The IAUI will run sessions every weekday from 8:30 to 17:00 at its premises in the Latvian of Riga. Qualified psychologist Magdalēna Pranaite will deliver the sessions free of charge.

The service will be made available to players, as well as any of their family and friends that have also been impacted by problem gambling.

“When gambling becomes addictive, not only the player suffers, but also people close to them and they need the help of their whole family,” the IAUI said. “However, it's up to the player to take the first step themselves.

“A psychologist can help them take this first step, which involves recognising, accepting and finding solutions to a problem.

Consumers interested in the new scheme can contact the IAUI for information about how to register for the sessions.

In May, the IAUI revealed that the Latvian gambling market generated a total of €77.5m (£69.6m/$86.9m) for the three months through to March 31, 2019, up 15.3% on the corresponding period last year.

Income from gambling was also up 15.9% from €63.5m to €73.6m, with gaming machines the most popular form of betting in the country.

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