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:

  • Highlight the levels of gambling harms
  • Engage and inform policy makers, Government, NGOs and public health communities in order to encourage a coherent and co-ordinated response to reducing gambling harms
  • Promote evidence so it can be translated into practical steps 
  • Undertake periodic surveys and polling to inform GHA campaigns to increase awareness of the health harms from gambling
  • Focus on prevention, early intervention, and increased community engagement. 

Contact us

Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @GamblingHealthA

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

Skins in the Game

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
  • Addiction 
  • Indirect harms to individuals who do not gamble
  • Relationship strain
  • Criminality
  • 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.


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.

The Coalition Against Gambling Ads

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 …

Guest blog: Hey! Have you seen this great gambling advert?

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 …

How to challenge a licence application

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 …

Women and Gambling-Related Harms

Liz Riley, Research and Evaluation Manager, Betknowmore UK, announces a research project on women and support services for gambling-related harms.

MP Relationships with Gambling Companies

The recent media attention on second jobs held by MPs has renewed concerns about the power of companies with vested interests to influence the policy process. An independent audit since August 2020 shows that 19 Conservative MPs and 9 Labour …

Gambling Companies Sponsoring Sport 

There is increasing concern surrounding the visibility of gambling companies in sport, both in the sponsorship of events and teams. The presence of sports sponsorship normalises gambling, in particular exposing children and young people to …

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.

Introducing: The Gambling Health Alliance Member Spotlight

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 …

Gambling Health Alliance member spotlight: Dr Emma Ryan

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 …

Gambling Health Alliance member spotlight: Tracey Kilbane

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 …

Gambling Health Alliance member spotlight: Ara

This month's RSPH member spotlight is Graham England who has worked for Ara Recovery4all for 15 years, and has been Chief Executive for the past five years. He has 30 years of experience working in the health and social care sector.  


Gambling Health Alliance Meeting Notes and Terms of Reference

Gambling Health Alliance Newsletter

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