Report Prepared Gambling Related Harm All Party Parliamentary Group, March 2019

Sharman, Stephen, Turner, John and Roberts, Amanda (2019) Report Prepared Gambling Related Harm All Party Parliamentary Group, March 2019. Documentation. Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport.

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Abstract

The Gambling Related Harm All Party Parliamentary Group (GRH APPG) has been formed ‘to address the issues associated with gambling related harm’. The current inquiry seeks to assess the impact of online gambling, and the relationship with gambling related harm.
With the development and advancements in mobile technology and the proliferation of gambling websites and apps, online gambling is more available than ever before. Whether traveling to work, or watching TV in bed, gambling is only ever as far from our fingertips as our phones, or laptop computers. Recent figures from the Gambling Commission indicate that between April 2017 and March 2018, the gambling industry wide gross gambling yield (GGY) was 14.4 billion pounds, an increase of 4.5 on the previous year; of this, 5.4 billion pounds came from remote gambling, a startling increase of 13.7% from the same period in the preceding year. However, although gamblers are spending and losing more money online than ever before, little is known regarding the impact on those seeking treatment for gambling disorders.
To provide a more detailed insight in to gambler behaviour, our research team from the Universities of East London and Lincoln have been working closely with the Gordon Moody Association (GMA). Situated across two sites in Dudley and Beckenham, GMA is the UK’s only gambling specific residential treatment centre. Although holding a wealth of historical and current data on treatment seeking pathological gamblers, GMA had not previously embarked on an academic collaboration to analyse this data.
Through this collaboration, we have been able to track patterns in gambler behaviour between 2000-2015, a timeframe encompassing both the announcement and implementation of the Gambling Act of 2005. Our analysis of this data is comprehensive and wide ranging. However, for succinctness and clarity, this submission will only refer to data relating to changes in engagement in online gambling, in a treatment seeking population.
Whilst we acknowledge that the research presented does not refer directly to the harms associated with online gambling, the authors believe that is of benefit to the APPG to receive a submission that provides some wider context and details some changes in pathological gambler’s online gambling engagement.

Keywords:Gambling, Gambling Harm, Online Gambling
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C810 Applied Psychology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Psychology
ID Code:38230
Deposited On:30 Oct 2019 16:09

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