A question of balance: Prioritizing public health responses to harm from gambling

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dc.contributor.author Adams, Peter en
dc.contributor.author Raeburn, JM en
dc.contributor.author De Silva, K en
dc.date.accessioned 2012-03-14T23:39:34Z en
dc.date.issued 2009 en
dc.identifier.citation Addiction 104(5):688-691 May 2009 en
dc.identifier.issn 0965-2140 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2292/14401 en
dc.description.abstract To provide an overview on the nature and importance of public health approaches to the global expansion of commercial gambling. Method Three key areas of public health activity are examined: harm minimization, health promotion and the political determinants for change. Findings The rapid proliferation of gambling experienced in many countries is driven by the commercial development of new products orientated around continuous and rapid mass consumption. This is particularly the case with ongoing refinements to electronic gambling machines and the development of new gambling technologies using the internet and mobile telephones. So far responses to negative impacts have, on the whole, focused upon individualized treatment interventions. A public health approach to gambling offers a broad range of strategies to tackle the wider implications of gambling expansion: harm reduction provides evidence-based strategies for managing identifiable harm; health promotion focuses upon communities building their capacity, knowledge and resilience with regard to the attractions of gambling, and action on the political determinants sets out to increase the accountability and reduce the conflicts of interest that influence government resolve in managing their gambling environments. Conclusion In this new environment of mass consumption, efforts in developing treatment responses to problem gambling need to be balanced with, at least, equal efforts in developing public health responses. With the expansion of commercial gambling occurring globally, international agencies could play a critical role in supporting public health initiatives en
dc.publisher Society for the Study of Addiction; Wiley-Blackwell en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Addiction en
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dc.title A question of balance: Prioritizing public health responses to harm from gambling en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.identifier.doi 10.1111/j.1360-0443.2008.02414.x en
pubs.begin-page 688 en
pubs.volume 104 en
dc.rights.holder Copyright: Society for the Study of Addiction; Wiley-Blackwell en
dc.identifier.pmid 19215607 en
pubs.end-page 691 en
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pubs.subtype Discussion Paper en
pubs.elements-id 87892 en
pubs.org-id Medical and Health Sciences en
pubs.org-id Population Health en
pubs.org-id Social & Community Health en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2010-09-01 en
pubs.dimensions-id 19215607 en

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