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Gambling: health experts investigate scale of harm

BMJ 2019; 366 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l4742 (Published 17 July 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;366:l4742
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. London

Public health experts are investigating the harm caused by gambling to allow better targeted support for problem gamblers, peers have been told.

Knowledge about the scale of harm from gambling in the UK is limited, government officials told peers on 16 July, during the first evidence session of the House of Lords select committee on the social and economic impact of the gambling industry.

Peers asked witnesses why accurate estimates of the extent of the problem seemed to be lacking, noting a 2016 report from the Institute for Public Policy Research,1 which had estimated that the cost of problem gambling could be anything from …

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