ALICE RAP Policy Paper Series Policy Brief 2. Gambling - two sides of the same coin: recreational activity and public health problem
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AbstractThe AR Policy Paper series aims to provide succinct evidence briefs for decision-makers and advocates working on key addiction-related issues. This second paper focuses on gambling. Recent technical developments in the interactive gambling sector (such as through the Internet, mobile devices), along with a significant increase of land-based slot machines and lotteries, have led to a rapidly increasing gambling market in Europe. Gambling activity has two facets: whilst for the majority of people it is a pleasurable recreational activity, at the same time, it poses a significant threat to public health in the shape of severe gambling-related problems and mental disorders. Preventive actions as well as protective measures for vulnerable groups are needed. This AR policy paper makes the case for a more comprehensive and coherent national and European policy approach to all gambling settings and gambling providers. The paper also identifies a wide variety of actions which give the necessary emphasis to public health interests related to gambling activity.
SponsorshipThe ALICE RAP Project is co-financed by the European Commission, under the 7th Framework Programme; Contract Number: 266813; www.alicerap.eu.
Permission to include in Alberta Gambling Research Institute research repository granted by Fleur Braddick on November 25, 2013.