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ABSG Progress Report on the National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms – Year Two

ABSG - Year two Progress Report on the National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms

4 - Improved profile of gambling harms as a public health issue

There has been progress on improving the profile of gambling harms as a public health issue.

Notable milestones this year include the announcement of the Lancet Public Health Commission on Gambling89 and a Public Health Special Issue on Gambling90.

The Lancet Commission has an ambitious agenda to guide action to reduce population level gambling harms, to protect people from harms and to provide evidence-based care where needed91. The need for population level interventions and integrated services is well documented for other forms of addiction and is no less relevant in this context92. To have any prospect of preventing harm, particularly in children and other vulnerable groups, it is essential to take a population-wide, public health approach.


89 The Lancet Public Health Commission on gambling (opens in new tab) – this is made up of international academics and is supported by a lived experience advisory group.

90 Gambling: An emerging public health challenge (opens in new tab), Public Health Research Network, July 2020

91 Interventions to reduce the public health burden of gambling-related harms: a mapping review (opens in new tab), Blank et al, The Lancet Public Health, Volume 6:1, January 2021

92 New dimensions for hospital services and early detection of disease: A Review from the Lancet Commission into liver disease in the UK (opens in new tab), Williams et al, The Lancet, March 2021

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