It had recently been revealed that Public Health England (PHE) has been asked by the government to put in place evidence-based probes with regard to gambling-harms, as a result of increasing concerns.
Why has the government asked Public Health England to do this report?
One of the main reasons the government has asked for PHE to implement an evidence-based probe into the particular health aspects which gambling-harm has is part of a project aimed at raising public awareness as to the potentially negative consequences of gambling, and also to better inform people as to treatment and prevention options regarding gambling.
Specifically, the objectives of this review by Public Health England will involve finding answers to the following:
- The prevalence of gambling casinos in the UK
- The prevalence of gambling-related harm in the UK
- The impact of problem gambling on individuals, families, and communities
- The social and economic impact of gambling-related harm
- The typical features of compulsive gambling in individuals
How will PHE carry out tests on possible gambling-related harm?
It is expected that Public Health England will be carrying out a wide range of methods to ensure an efficient review of the casino sector. It will involve a quantitative analysis of secondary data that will look at gambling participation rates in accordance with the Index of Multiple Deprivation 2015.
In addition, PHE will also carry out an analysis that looks at the prevalence of compulsive gambling tendencies of residents in the UK by year, and geographic location. This research will then be cross-referenced by looking at socio-demographic factors too, in order to determine if certain individuals are more likely to be affected by gambling-related harm than others.
When will the report by PHE be published?
It is expected that Public Health England will collect this data and provide its verdict in a completed report by spring 2020.