Gambling: the hidden addiction

Abstract

Future trends in addictions - discussion paper.

Most people in Britain have gambled. Be it the National Lottery, scratch cards, bingo or a bet made online, over the telephone or in one of Britain’s 8822 bookmakers, around 73% of adults will have gambled in the past 12 months (Wardle et al, 2010). This is equivalent to around 35.5 million adults or around 27 million people (56% of adults) if participation in the National Lottery is excluded (Wardle et al, 2010). Today, gambling occupies a highly visible place in public and political discourse in Britain. As a result of a relatively recent move towards a more liberal position on gambling (Box 1), several new trends have emerged.

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