According to a new study carried out by the Policy Institute at King’s College London for the charity Action Against Gambling Harms, the UK is behind several other countries in terms of research into the harms caused by gambling.
The study found that, compared with other nations such as the US, Canada and Australia, there is relatively little research into the damage caused by gambling in the UK.
More funding is needed to address the lack of understanding of the problem in the UK, the study recommends.
The study’s findings will be submitted to the government, as part of its review of the Gambling Act 2005, which was announced in December last year.
“This important study shows how much we still don’t know about gambling and its effects on British society. We hope that these findings will galvanise research institutions and policymakers into commissioning further work to fill the gaps,” Seema Kennedy OBE, CEO of Action Against Gambling Harms, said.