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The future of gambling in Britain

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: (Published 18 November 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:1291
  1. Kerry Sproston (, senior researcher,
  2. Bob Erens, research director,
  3. Jim Orford, professor of clinical and community psychology
  1. National Centre for Social Research, Edinburgh EH1 1LZ
  2. National Centre for Social Research, London EC1V 0AX
  3. School of Psychology, University of Birmingham and Northern Birmingham Mental Health NHS Trust, Birmingham B15 2TT

    EDITOR—In the light of the forthcoming review of gambling legislation, Volberg considers the future of gambling in Britain, and hypothesises that the increasing availability of gambling opportunities will lead to an increased prevalence of problem gamblers.1 She notes the lack of baseline data on gambling in Britain before the National Lottery was introduced and argues that future changes in gambling should be monitored over time.

    Two days before the publication of this editorial, the National …

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