RGSB: Problem gambling harms “families, communities and society”

RGSB: Problem gambling harms “families, communities and society”

Friday, July 13, 2018 Posted by Michael Lawson
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The report looks to examine the social cost of gambling-related harms.

The lead author of a new Responsible Gaming Strategy Board (RGSB) report has argued that “gambling isn't something that affects just a few individuals but extends far beyond them to affect their families, communities and society".

Dr Heather Wardle, from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine’s Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health, described the report as a “dramatic step forward” with regards to the understanding of gambling.

The report, in collaboration with the Gambling Commission and GambleAware, has been published with the aim of gauging a greater understanding of the full range of harms gambling can have on society. It also examines how the social cost of gambling-related harms can be measured and better understood.

Mapping out for the first time methodology that could be used to quantify the impact gambling can have on relationships, finances and health, the report seeks to:

- Agree a definition of gambling-related harms that can be used by policy makers and public health officials.

- Explore how the social and economic impact of gambling-related harms can be better understood, measured and monitored.

- Set a framework for action that considers how the impact of harms can be felt by individuals, families and communities.

- Identify the most effective way to estimate the social cost of gambling-related harms.

Totally Gaming says: A fairly damning statement by Dr Heather Wardle on the effects of problem gambling on society. That said, this new report she has co-authored for the RSGB attempts to better understand these harms and sets out a methodology for doing so - a wholly positive step for the betting industry in general.

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