Problem gambling


There are many specific reasons why gambling should be viewed as a public health issue. The costs of problem gambling are large, on both an individual and societal level.The minimisation of gambling problems needs a specific action plan of its own, particularly as some gambling-related behavioural consequences are unique to gambling. The plan should: Limit the opportunities to gamble; raise the minimum age of all forms of commercial gambling to 18 years; raise awareness about gambling among health practitioners and the general public; set up both general and targeted gambling prevention initiatives; introduce gambling support initiatives; develop intervention strategies for limiting problem gambling; and embed problem gambling in public health policy.

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