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Gambling and public health: we need policy action to prevent harm

BMJ 2019; 365 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l1807 (Published 08 May 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;365:l1807

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Re: Gambling and public health: we need policy action to prevent harm

The harm of gambling is related to losing. Successful gamblers are not criticised or subjected to legal imperatives. As in harm reduction for drug users, should we not seek to improve gambling skills? The analogy is controlled drinking rather than abstinence.

Competing interests: No competing interests

10 May 2019
Alasdair J Macdonald
Retired psychiatrist and family therapist
Dorset