Both sides of the coin : a strategy to prevent problem gambling and support responsible gambling in Alberta /prepared by the joint Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission (AGLC) and Alberta Health Services-Addiction and Mental Health (AHS-AMH) Gambling Strategy Working Group
AuthorGambling Strategy Working Group (Alta.)
Alberta Health Services
Alberta. Alberta Health Services. Addiction and Mental Health
Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission
SubjectGambling -- Alberta -- Statistics
Gambling -- Government policy -- Alberta
Gambling -- Alberta
Compulsive gambling -- Alberta
Gambling -- Alberta -- Economic aspects
Gambling -- Alberta -- Prevention
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AbstractIn March 2008, the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission (AGLC) and Alberta Health Services–Addiction and Mental Health(AHS–AMH)* took action to jointly develop a renewed Problem and Responsible Gambling Strategy for 2010–2014, to address problem gambling and promote responsible gambling in a collaborative, comprehensive and sustainable manner. Gambling is a popular recreational activity enjoyed by thousands of Albertans. Revenues from the province’s charitable gaming model support health, research, education, recreation and cultural programs. The gambling industry provides jobs and contributes to Alberta’s tourism and hospitality sectors. 82% of Albertans have gambled in one form or another. Of those, 1.3% are at high risk of becoming problem gamblers. 3.9% are at moderate risk, and 9.8% are at low risk of developing gambling problems. The minority of gamblers who develop gambling problems can face social, financial, legal and health-related problems which can impact their families, workplaces and communities. Implementing the strategies outlined in this framework will help to ensure that the social, charitable and economic benefits of gambling continue to far outweigh any negative societal costs, and to ensure the long-term sustainability of a vibrant gaming industry in Alberta.
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