Public Health England is to publish an evidence-based review of the health impacts of compulsive gambling and gambling-related harms.
The Public health confirmed that it would publish the study by Spring 2020. The review will take into account the current policies relating to gambling-related harms.
In its remit letter for 2018-19, the Public Health has been asked to “inform and support action on gambling-related harm as part of the follow up to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport-led review of gaming machines and social responsibility.”
The DCMS confirmed that “PHE will conduct an evidence review of the health aspects of gambling-related harm to inform action on prevention and treatment.”
PHE stated: “We are conducting this evidence review to inform what action we need to take as part of a public health approach to gambling-related harms. We hope that it will support policy-making and practice aimed at preventing and addressing the problem and dependent gambling and gambling-related harms.
“We expect that the research will identify gaps in the evidence base and make recommendations for future research and data collection.”
Earlier in the year in April, the UK Gambling Commission introduced a series of measures to tackle increasing gambling addiction in the country. The gambling regulator also said that it now considers gambling addiction as a disease.