Håkansson, Anders & Ek, Johanna. (2018). Open Journal of Psychiatry, 8, 233–243. doi: 10.4236/ojpsych.2018.83020
Abstract: Problem gambling is over-represented in patients treated for substance use disorders, but substance-specific prevalence of problem gambling is rarely reported. In specialized addiction treatment facilities for opioid maintenance treatment and for alcohol and prescription drug dependence, respectively, 129 patients were screened for problem gambling using the NODS-CLiP. The lifetime prevalence of problem gambling was markedly higher in opioid maintenance treatment (61 percent) than in alcohol and prescription drug dependence treatment (11 percent, p < 0.001). When controlling for gender and age, problem gambling remained significantly associated with opioid maintenance treatment. The present study demonstrated a very high prevalence of lifetime problem gambling in opioid maintenance treatment patients. This calls for active screening for problem gambling in substance use disorder patients, and mainly in treatment for opioid dependence. Read full article
Griffiths, M.D. (2018). Online Gambling Lawyer, 17(7), 9-11.
Abstract: During the last couple of months, there have been a number of gambling-related topics that have hit the headlines. In this short article, Dr Mark Griffiths, Professor of Behavioural Addiction at Nottingham Trent University’s International Gaming Research Unit, provides a brief overview of some of the most significant developments including: banks introducing gambling blocking apps, gaming disorder and the buying of in-game loot boxes, and ‘crypto-trading addiction’. Full article available online from Nottingham Trent University available 1/8/2018
By Pekka Sulkunen, Professor Emeritus, CEACG, Department of Social Research, University of Helsinki. From the Gambling addiction: science, independence, transparency symposium, Fribourg, Switzerland, 2018.
The present symposium follows congresses entitled “from legislation to action” and “preventing excessive gambling within an addictive society”, organized in 2005 and 2008 in the University of Lausanne. The most recent edition; “Excessive gambling: Prevention and Harm Reduction” was held at the University of Neuchatel in 2014. Gambling addiction and other addictive behaviours “without substances”, represent an ever-increasing challenge for health and prevention policies, and their evaluation. This is particularly influenced by the transnational context of the Internet and current opportunities for electronic gambling, which are designed to be addictive. The 4th edition of the symposium will, therefore, focus on monitoring systems and ways to directly approach and handle conflicts of interest between stakeholders. This symposium addresses public social health including professionals practicing in the field of prevention and gambling addiction, and more generally, addictive behaviours. But its aim is also to attract all allied professionals interested in these issues, including: Legal and economic professionals, politicians, public health professionals and those working in the prevention field, excessive gambling and addictions researchers, professionals concerned with operator social responsibility, etc. Access PowerPoint presentation
Wardle, Heather and Reith, Gerda and Best, David and McDaid, David and Platt, Stephen.(2018). Measuring gambling-related harms: a framework for action. Gambling Commission, Birmingham, UK.
Foreword: The Gambling Commission exists to safeguard consumers and the wider public by making gambling fairer and safer. To do this we need to balance consumer choice and enjoyment against the risks gambling can create and its impact on wider society. Working with partners to gain a better understanding of gambling-related harms is one of the priorities we set in our three-year strategy, making gambling fairer and safer. This document is a key step towards a better understanding of gambling-related harms.
Gambling-related harms include impacts on relationships, finances and health. They are experienced by individuals, families, communities, the economy and society as whole. This report provides a useful framework to consider how these harms can be measured and understood better. But the authors do not intend it to be definitive. It is a platform for further input and for taking the next steps on a set of priority topics where work can be focused on gathering the evidence we require. Full report available from the London School of Economics Research Online
Stephanie Bramley, Caroline Norrie, Jill Manthorpe / Social Care Workforce Research Unit, King’s College London.
Overview of our research:
1. Improve the understanding of gambling-related harm for adults with health and social care needs.
2. Examine what key informants know about harmful gambling among adults with health and social care needs and their understanding of the risks to vulnerable adults arising from their own or others’ gambling participation.
3. Examine what practitioners know about harmful gambling among adults with health and social care needs, their understanding of the risks to vulnerable adults arising from their own or others’ gambling participation and their management of cases of gambling-related harm. View presentation online from King’s College London website