Research and analysis

Gambling-related harms: evidence review

A review looking at the prevalence, risk factors and public health harms associated with gambling and the economic and social burden.

Applies to England

Documents

Gambling-related harms evidence review: glossary

Gambling-related harms evidence review: quantitative analysis

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Gambling-related harms evidence review: risk factors

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Gambling-related harms evidence review: an abbreviated systematic review of harms

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Gambling-related harms evidence review: an abbreviated systematic review of harms – appendices

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Gambling-related harms evidence review: the economic and social cost of harms

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Gambling-related harms evidence review: qualitative analysis of stakeholder perspectives

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Gambling-related harms evidence review: the impact of COVID-19

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This evidence review improves our understanding of the prevalence, determinants and harms associated with gambling, and the social and economic burden of gambling-related harms.

We carried out 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 policymaking and practice aimed at preventing and addressing harmful gambling and gambling-related harms.

The review consists of 6 technical reports and a summary document that provides an overview of each report’s main findings. It is the first review of its kind to focus on gambling-related harms in England. It brings together various complementary research methods looking at both quantitative and qualitative evidence.

The research identifies gaps in the evidence base and makes recommendations for future research and data collection.

The findings are based on the latest evidence and data available to PHE.

You can find more information about the review, including the scope of the review and the terms of reference for the external reference group advising the review, in the gambling-related harms evidence review folder.

Published 18 October 2019
Last updated 30 September 2021 + show all updates
  1. First published 'Gambling-related harms evidence review'.

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