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Treatment provision for Britain's problem gamblers: present gaps and future opportunities

  • Sanju George and Alex Copello

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Despite Britain's high prevalence of problem gambling, its liberal gambling legislation, a rapidly expanding online gambling industry and the impending opening of casinos across the country, treatment provision is grossly inadequate. We discuss some of the present gaps and future opportunities in treating Britain's problem gamblers, and urge Britain's healthcare policy makers, gambling regulators, service commissioners and service providers to do more to help them.

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Corresponding author

Dr Sanju George, Solihull Integrated Addiction Services, Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, Birmingham B37 7UR, UK. E-mail: sanju.george@bsmhft.nhs.uk

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Declaration of Interest

S. G. was clinical lead for a review of clinical governance practice for gambling-related harm support services in the UK commissioned by the Responsible Gambling Fund (RGF); and research lead for the 2010/11 RGF-commissioned early intervention gambling service pilot in the West Midlands.

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  • Sanju George and Alex Copello
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