Problem gambling in Great Britain: A brief review


Gambling is a diverse concept that incorporates a range of activities undertaken in a variety of settings. It includes differing sets of behaviours and perceptions among participants and observers. Predominantly, gambling has an economic meaning and usually refers to risking (or wagering) money or something of value on the outcome of a game, contest, or other event in the hope of winning additional money or material goods. The activity varies on several dimensions, including what is being wagered, how much is being wagered, the expected outcome, and the predictability of the event. For some things such as lotteries, most slot machines and bingo, the results are random and unpredictable. For other things, such as sports betting and horse racing, there is some predictability to the outcome and the use of skills and knowledge (e.g., recent form, environmental factors) can give a person an advantage over other gamblers.

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