Online Clinical Support for People with Gambling Problems

Authored by: Robert J. Williams , Robert T. Wood , Jonathan Parke

Routledge International Handbook of Internet Gambling

Print publication date:  June  2012
Online publication date:  November  2012

Print ISBN: 9780415594431
eBook ISBN: 9780203814574
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Gambling problems result in economic burden, health costs, and social strain for communities in addition to the personal and emotional distress caused to both individuals and families. The incidence and impact of gambling-related problems is increasingly recognized internationally as an important public health concern by policy makers, industry operators, treatment providers, and the community. Despite efforts taken to implement responsible gambling strategies and consumer protection policies, problem gambling still has a significant impact. For example, the Australian Productivity Commission (2010) estimated that problem gambling costs society at least A$4.7 billion annually. effective treatment interventions are often necessary to assist individuals to acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to control their gambling behaviour.

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