Addictive gambling terminals need to be curtailed

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I write in response to Fionola Meredith’s column (DebateNI, February 27). At age 16, I became addicted to fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) in betting shops; machines on which it is possible to bet up to £100 every 20 seconds.

I should not have gone into a betting shop underage and accept my share of responsibility for doing so. I became addicted to these fast-paced roulette machines very quickly and, over a period of four years, I lost more than £16,000. Fionola argues: “But we don’t demand a ban on all bars and pubs just because some people are addicted to alcohol, do we?”. But I think this comparison to alcohol is clumsy.

Read the full article in the Belfast Telegraph online.

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