The Gambling Health Alliance
The objective of the Alliance is to bring together organisations and individuals, specifically policy makers, who have a shared interest in reducing the damage caused to health and wellbeing from gambling.
The Alliance will support policy-making and policy makers to address the social, economic and cultural factors that contribute to gambling harm and the inequalities in health caused by it. The alliance will seek to:
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Reports, Research and Consultation Responses
Find out more about the research, reports and consultation responses that members of the Gambling Health Alliance have created to raise awareness of gambling related harms and pressure the Government to make changes to laws.
Consulation response - GHA response to the CAP consultation on scheduling and targeting of National Lottery advertising
Consultation response - GHA response to the Gambling Act Review call for evidence
Consultation response - GHA response to the DCMS call for evidence on the impact of loot boxes
Consultation response - GHA response to the CAP consultation on stricter rules for gambling ads
Consultaion response - GHA response to the CAP consultation on advertising in-game purchases
RSPH have published a report revealing young people consider gambling to be an increasingly normal part of their lives.
Gambling Act review
The Gambling Act 2005 is now 15 years old, but despite minor amendments it is no longer fit for purpose, particularly given the huge growth in online and mobile gambling. A great deal of harm has been unleashed on the public including:
- Financial difficulties
- Mental health problems
- Indirect harms to individuals who do not gamble
- Relationship strain
- Widening health inequalities
- Wellbeing issues
The GHA is calling for the Gambling Act Review to take a public health approach to reducing gambling harms, by:
- Protecting the young and the vulnerable and taking a precautionary approach
- De-normalising gambling by reducing exposure to it
- Introducing equivalent measures between the online and offline worlds
- Investment in research, education and treatment
Read our position paper for full details on what we want to see in the Gambling Act Review.
Research by the Gambling Health Alliance has found that the majority of the public support proposals designed to reduce the harms gambling can have on health, finances and quality of life, and is calling on the Government to introduce robust …
The resources and training produced by the Gambling Health Alliance members aim to educate people on the prevalence of gambling harms and how to support people who have been affected by gambling disorders.
Blogs and Releases
Our range of gambling health blogs have updates on a range of vital issues including gambling in online gaming and gambling organisation advertising.
Liz Riley, Research and Evaluation Manager, Betknowmore UK, announces a research project on women and support services for gambling-related harms.
The Gambling Health Alliance (GHA), led by RSPH, has welcomed the release of the House of Lords Gambling Industry Committee’s report, Gambling Harm - Time for Action.
Vicki Shotbolt is the founder and CEO of Parent Zone, an organisation that helps parents and families to navigate the challenges of a connected world. Vicki leads a team that reaches millions of families every year working directly with …
Amanda Atkinson, Head of Parental Engagement at the Young Gamers and Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM), outlines their new Parent Hub and why it is a vital resource.
Matthew Hickey, Chief Executive of the Gordon Moody Association, explains how they have adapted their therapeutic services to support problem gamblers throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.
James Grimes is a former gambling addict and is the founder of The Big Step campaign, which is a member of CAGA. James is also a Senior Programme Manager at Gambling with Lives, with responsibility for the charity's education, awareness and …
Catherine Sweet from national gambling support charity GamCare shares why a focus on safer gambling is so important, especially during the current Covid-19 pandemic.
Alliance launches #LidOnLoots campaign and calls for Christmas boycott of video games featuring loot boxes
Will Prochaska is the CEO of Gambling with Lives, a charity established by families bereaved by gambling related suicide. Here, he outlines why the narrative of 'Safer Gambling' could potentially do more harm than good.
The Gambling Health Alliance (GHA), a national coalition of 50 leading charities and academics, has welcomed the publication today (Tuesday 8 December 2020) of the 2005 Gambling Act review, but is calling for the review to take a public health …
Professor Agnes Nairn is Chair of Marketing at the School of Management, University of Bristol. Her research on the ethics and regulation of marketing to children has led to invitations to join over 30 international multi-stakeholder projects …
Gambling Health Alliance members, Simon Watts, Myrte Elbes, Marlene D'Aguilar and Jo Evans have put together a short guide, to explain how to effectively challenge new licencing applications of adult gaming centres, based on their learnings …
Research by the Gambling Health Alliance has found that the overwhelming majority (83%) of children and young people play video games when they are below the set Pan European Game Information (PEGI) age classification.
Peter Baker, Director, Global Action on Men’s Health explains the gender split in gambling and how this can be addressed.
Gambling Health Alliance Members
The Gambling Health Alliance is comprised of leading policy-makers, NGOs and charities who share the aim of reducing gambling harms and making gambling health disorders a public health priority. Find out more about the members of the Gambling Health Alliance and updates on the Alliance’s work.
The first GHA member spotlight comes from one of our newest members, the Yorkshire and Humber Association of Directors of Public Health Harmful Gambling Working Group. The Group is chaired by Greg Fell, Director of Public Health, Sheffield City …
This month's GHA member spotlight is the Scotland Reducing Gambling Harm programme at the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (The ALLIANCE).
Dr Emma Ryan trained at Kings College London and is currently a GP and Clinical Director of a Primary Care Network which provides care for 45,000 patients. She is actively involved in the education and training of General Practitioners and has …
Matthew is Executive Director of Healthy Stadia and is responsible for the overall operations and growth of Healthy Stadia, including the organisation’s role as UEFA’s Social Responsibility Partner for Health and Wellbeing.
Tracey has worked in Medway’s Public Health team since 2009 and became a member of the GHA in September 2020. Her background in reducing health inequalities, particularly within the smoking cessation field, has inspired her to explore ways in …
Rachel Lampard has worked on public policy issues for the Methodist Church since 2000. She has had a particular interest in gambling, and was first on the Gambling Commission and then the Advisory Board for Safer Gambling, being awarded an MBE …
Gambling Health Alliance Meeting Notes and Terms of Reference
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