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Dr Heather Wardle, Assistant Professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, stated that an excellent longitudinal study was needed: “If it is developed in accordance with the most robust methodology, the first year would essentially be a re-run of something like the British Gambling Prevalence Survey, so it would provide that up-to-date information and data.”

Professor Orford added that “we were in the lead internationally at one time. I think we were the first country in the world to have a succession of three proper British National Gambling Prevalence Surveys, and although good data are being collected there are things that a prevalence survey can do that health surveys cannot do”

The Government has until now not been very much involved in any surveys into the prevalence of gambling-related harm, but told us: “The government is also committed to creating a better understanding of gambling-related harms so it can determine how best to prevent harms from occurring and support those negatively impacted by gambling- related harms. Public Health England (PHE) has been commissioned by government to undertake a comprehensive independent evidence review on the public health harms of gambling.

The Government should commission a longitudinal survey to trace how and why individuals become problem gamblers, the actions they take, the treatment they receive, and the outcomes associated with problem gambling. The value to the industry: the greater the problem, the higher the profit

The value of problem gamblers to the industry is illustrated by the following chart. It is limited to online gambling, and taken from a publication dated August 2018, and some of the figures come from the 2015 Gambling Commission Gambling Addiction Survey. There is however no reason to suppose that the figures have changed significantly. The 2.66% of the population who are low-risk gamblers contribute 17% of the industry’s profits. A further 17% is contributed by the 1.03% who are moderate-risk gamblers, while the problem gamblers, on this measure 0.8%, contribute an astonishing 25%.

Markus Weber

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