Flipping the iceberg on gambling harm reduction and prevention: Challenges, opportunities, and pathways to policy reform
Section Editor Gambling: A/Prof Samantha Thomas (Centre for Population Health Research, Deakin University, Australia).
Guest Editor: Dr Maria Bellringer (Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand)
Editor-in-Chief: Prof Nick Crofts
Gambling is now a well recognized public health issue. Gambling products are readily accessible and available, open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with individuals able to gamble, and lose more money on high intensity products than ever before. While some countries have adopted a public health approach to gambling, many harm reduction policies focus on ‘responsible gambling’, rather than addressing the range of individual, socio-cultural, environmental, industry, and political factors that may contribute to harmful gambling.
This thematic series of Harm Reduction Journal aims to understand the range of factors that may be contributing to gambling harm, and strategies to ensure that comprehensive policies are implemented to reduce, and ultimately prevent this harm. In particular, the series seeks to understand the challenges facing gambling harm prevention and reduction, and to provide a range of strategies to prevent and reduce gambling harm.