Crime, addiction and the regulation of gambling

Abstract

Reviews the changing culture and regulation of of gambling in Great Britain, starting with the legacy of the Gaming Act 1968 and the impacts of the National Lottery and the Gambling Act 2005. Argues that gambling culture has changed dramatically, characterised by the expansion of availability and opportunity to gamble, new types of games and ways to play, and normalisation of the activity. Despite this, gambling remains an ambigious and problematic activity in British culture. The impact of these changes on problem gambling remains to be seen.

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