Harmful gambling; Early education key to addressing urgent public health issue

Early education, screening by frontline services and continued support through post-recovery are among the actions needed if Wales wants to reduce the devastating harms caused by gambling, says a new report from Public Health Wales.

The effects from harmful gambling are wide-reaching, with evidence showing that there is significant negative impact upon not only gamblers themselves, but also upon families, friends, colleagues and employers, and the wider community.

The report details priority areas for action including the need for tighter regulation of gambling industry advertising and practices and the need to acknowledge and act upon the increasingly close link between gambling and gaming.

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