International evidence indicates that the increasing availability of gambling opportunities is associated with an increase in problem gambling. This briefing from the Local Government Association (LGA) and Public Health England (PHE) offers advice for local government on reducing the problems associated with gambling addiction.
Problem gambling: frequently asked questions. A briefing for councillors. London: Local Government Association (LGA) / Public Health England (PHE), October 2013.
Possibly of interest:
Gambling addiction linked to brain reward system. London: BBC Health News, October 19th 2014.
NHS Demands Action on Gambling Addiction
Urgent action on tackling gambling addiction has been requested by the NHS:
NHS tells betting firms to stop ‘vicious gambling cycle’. London: BBC Health News, January 16th 2020.
Background Information: Gambling Disorders in Parkinson’s Disease and Dementia
Pathological gambling is understood to be one possible side-effect of Parkinson’s Disease, various types of dementia and Huntington’s Disease; as is evidenced by the following articles.
Ozel-Kizil, E. Sakarya, A. [and] Arica, B. [et al] (2013). A case of frontotemporal dementia with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis presenting with pathological gambling. Journal of Clinical Neurology. April 2013; 9(2): 133-7. Full Text Link.
Delazer, M. Högl, B. [and] Zamarian, L. [et al] (2013). Decision making and executive functions in REM sleep behavior disorder. Sleep. May 1st 2012; 35(5): 667-73. Full Text Link.
Ahearn, DJ. McDonald, K. [and] Barraclough, M. [et al] (2012). An exploration of apathy and impulsivity in Parkinson disease. Current Gerontology and Geriatric Research. 2012; 390701. Epub July 9th 2012. Full Text Link.
Javor, A. Koller, M. [and] Lee N. [et al] (2013). Neuromarketing and consumer neuroscience: contributions to neurology. BMC Neurology. February 6th 2013; 13: 13. Full Text Link.
Ferreri, F. Agbokou, C. [and] Gauthier S. (2006). Recognition and management of neuropsychiatric complications in Parkinson’s disease. CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal. December 5th 2006;175(12):1545-52. Review. Full Text Link.
Possibly of interest:
Gallagher, J. (2017). Prize for cracking brain’s ‘feel good’ system. London: BBC Health News, March 6th 2017.