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Luck Be a Lady Tonight

Journalist, former news presenter and reformed problem gambler Marverine Cole looks at how gambling is becoming increasingly popular among women in the UK.

Journalist and former Sky News presenter Marverine Cole looks at how gambling is becoming increasingly popular among women in the UK.

A reformed problem gambler herself, Marverine embarks on a rather personal journey to find out why more and more women are taking to gambling. For years it was associated more with men than women, so why the sudden surge in female interest?

Marverine examines the attractions of gambling but also tries to find out why, for her and others, it turned into so-called 'problem gambling'. She hears from women for whom the odd flutter is just a bit of fun and eavesdrops on a group session for women for whom gambling became an out of control addiction.

Producer: Ashley Byrne
A Made in Manchester Limited Production for BBC Radio 4.

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28 minutes

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Mon 24 Sep 2012 20:00


If you are concerned about your gambling, or the gambling of friends or family you can contact the national problem gambling charity GamCare's helpline on 0808 8020 133 or visit their website for confidential support, advice and free counselling.

Action on Addiction

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COAP, Children Of Addicted Parents And People

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BBC Health: Gambling addiction

Information from BBC Health about gambling addiction
BBC Health: Gambling Addiction

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  • Mon 24 Sep 2012 20:00