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Public Health and Gambling


Forms of gambling

While the definition of gambling varies from state to state, it generally involves risking a value in a game of chance, with the expectation of winning. However, it is important to note that gambling does not include business transactions based on the law of contracts, such as the purchase of stocks and securities or life and health insurance.

While gambling is often seen as a form of entertainment and a novelty, it should be considered one of many forms of entertainment. If gambling becomes an addiction, it becomes more serious than the original intention and can cause stress. In such a case, it is helpful to understand why you gamble, as this can help you change your behavior. There are many organisations that provide support and help to those with gambling problems. These organisations offer services for the gamblers themselves as well as family members.

Health consequences

The public health perspective on gambling involves policies to prevent or reduce the harmful consequences of gambling. These outcomes are related to people’s physical and mental health, and they can have a profound impact on communities and society. Adverse effects on gambling are generally categorized under the umbrella term of harm reduction. This article will discuss some of these effects, and discuss policy recommendations for preventing them.

Problem gambling can lead to mental health problems, alcohol abuse, violent behavior, and even suicide. In fact, Swedish studies have shown that people with gambling disorders have an increased risk of suicide by 15 times, compared to the general population. It can also have serious effects on the workplace, leading to decreased productivity and embezzlement. Furthermore, problem gambling can have a severe impact on the intimate relationships of affected individuals. It has also been linked to increased risks of intimate partner violence.


The government has announced a plan to update gambling regulations to ensure that players are protected. The change will take into account stakeholder concerns and campaigners’ calls for more safeguards. It was announced that the updated regulations would be released in 2020. It will also take into account the latest industry practices and technologies. But it must strike a balance between reducing the burden on the gambling industry and ensuring that people can enjoy the benefits of gambling.

Under the new regulations, only licensed gambling companies will be able to operate in Germany. A new body will be established to issue licenses and will be based in the state of Saxony-Anhalt. The new body will replace the current federal gambling authority and will gradually take over the former licensing responsibilities. Until then, the state’s Gambling Board will continue to be the competent gambling supervisory authority.


Prevention of gambling efforts can include a variety of approaches, from school-based campaigns to community coalitions and private organizations. The goal is to prevent and reduce the incidence of gambling-related harm, while also promoting the emotional and social wellbeing of the whole family. These efforts can be coordinated with the help of experts and other organizations involved in the field.

The first step is to consider the risk groups for gambling. These are groups that have a high risk of developing gambling-related problems, such as addiction. The next step in prevention is to determine which groups may benefit from prevention programs. This may involve the development of specific prevention strategies that are customized to local concerns.