Setting Limits : Gambling, Science and Public Policy—summary of results

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Sulkunen , P , Babor , T F , Cisneros-Örnberg , J , Egerer , M , Hellman , M , Livingstone , C , Marionneau , V , Nikkinen , J , Orford , J , Room , R & Rossow , I 2021 , ' Setting Limits : Gambling, Science and Public Policy—summary of results ' , Addiction , vol. 116 , no. 1 , pp. 32-40 . https://doi.org/10.1111/add.15241

Title: Setting Limits : Gambling, Science and Public Policy—summary of results
Author: Sulkunen, Pekka; Babor, Thomas F.; Cisneros-Örnberg, Jenny; Egerer, Michael; Hellman, Matilda; Livingstone, Charles; Marionneau, Virve; Nikkinen, Janne; Orford, Jim; Room, Robin; Rossow, Ingeborg
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Faculty of Social Sciences
University of Helsinki, Centre for Research on Addiction, Control and Governance
University of Helsinki, Sociology
University of Helsinki, Helsinki Inequality Initiative (INEQ)
University of Helsinki, Centre for Research on Addiction, Control and Governance
Date: 2021-01
Language: eng
Number of pages: 9
Belongs to series: Addiction
ISSN: 0965-2140
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/334162
Abstract: The gambling industry has grown into a global business in the 21st century. This has created the need for a new emphasis on problem prevention. This article highlights the core themes of the book Setting Limits: Gambling, Science and Public Policy, taking a broad view of the consequences of gambling for society as a burden on health, well-being and equality. The book covers the extent of gambling and gambling-related problems in different societies and presents a critical review of research on industry practices, policy objectives and preventive approaches, including services to people suffering from gambling and its consequences. It discusses the developments in game characteristics and gambling environments and provides evidence on how regulation can affect those. Effective measures to minimize gambling harm exist and many are well supported by scientific evidence. They include restrictions on general availability as well as selective measures to prevent gamblers from overspending. The revenue generated from gambling for the industry, governments, and providers of public services funded from gambling returns presents an obstacle to developing policies to implement harm-reduction measures. A public interest approach must weigh these interests against the suffering and losses of the victims of gambling.
Subject: 5142 Social policy
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gambling
policy
prevention
selective restrictions
total consumption
treatment
CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR
PREVALENCE
GAMBLERS
CASINOS
LOTTERY
FINLAND
HARM
AGE
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