Claire Murdoch, NHS England’s National Director for Mental Health, has written to the UK’s big gambling companies, demanding assistance on preventive measures to reduce betting-related ill health:
NHS tells betting firms to stop ‘vicious gambling cycle’. London: BBC Health News, January 16th 2020.
“Over half of adults in England have gambled during the past year and NHS estimates show around 400,000 people have a serious gambling problem in England”.
This relates to:
NHS tells gambling giants to improve the odds for mental health. [Online]: NHS England, January 16th 2020.
“Last year, the gambling industry in the UK raised £14.5 billion in the UK whilst the Gambling Commission classes more than two million people as ‘at risk’ of addiction”.
Gambling on credit cards to be banned. London: BBC Health News / BBC Business News, January 14th 2020.
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The Gambling Commission estimates that 55,000 children could be classed as having a gambling problem. Possibly also of interest, relating to pernicious behavioural influences targetted more specifically at children and young persons:
Country’s top mental health nurse warns video games pushing young people into ‘under the radar’ gambling. [Online]: NHS England, January 18th 2020.
Further background insights:
Cowen, T. [and] Blond, P. (2018). Online gambling: addicted to addiction. [Online]: Respublica, August 2018.
Gambling: How much do we spend in the UK? London: BBC Health News, September 21st 2019.