Gambling in Britain: A Time of Change? Health Implications from the British Gambling Prevalence Survey 2010

  • Heather Wardle
  • Mark D. Griffiths
  • Jim Orford
  • Alison Moody
  • Rachel Volberg

Gambling-related harm is a term that is being increasingly used in British policy circles to describe the negative impacts of gambling across a range of areas. It includes focus on the health and psychological impact on the individual but also has more comprehensive reach moving beyond the directly-affected gambler to include their families, wider social networks and community (Responsible Gambling Strategy Board 2010). The social and health costs of problem gambling are potentially large at both individual and societal levels. For instance, adverse health consequences for problem gamblers and their partners include depression, anxiety, insomnia, gastric/intestinal disorders, migraine, and other stress-related disorders (Griffiths 2004).

In the UK, monitoring levels of gambling-related harm have focused on measuring the prevalence of problem gambling and estimating how many problem gamblers there are. However, from a public health perspective, this is inadequate. Not only does it fail...


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Disclaimers and Competing Interests

None of the authors received any funding for this article. The British Gambling Prevalence Survey is funded by the Gambling Commission. The National Centre for Social Research is an independent social research institute and is an educational charity with a remit to undertake work that it is of public benefit. Wardle, Griffiths, Volberg and Orford have received funding for a number of research projects from the Gambling Commission and the Responsibility in Gambling Trust/Responsible Gambling Fund. Griffiths also undertakes consultancy for various gaming companies in the area of social responsibility in gambling. The opinions expressed are the authors’ own and do not represent that of the Gambling Commission of Great Britain.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Heather Wardle
    • 1
  • Mark D. Griffiths
    • 2
  • Jim Orford
    • 3
  • Alison Moody
    • 4
  • Rachel Volberg
    • 5
  1. 1.National Centre for Social ResearchLondonUK
  2. 2.International Gaming Research UnitNottingham Trent UniversityNottinghamUK
  3. 3.School of PsychologyUniversity of BirminghamBirminghamUK
  4. 4.National Centre for Social ResearchLondonUK
  5. 5.Gemini ResearchNorthamptonUSA

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