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07 March 2018 | NatCen - Head Office

Gambling – legitimate leisure or escalating public health issue?

SPEAKER: Anne Conolly RS2435_poker03587521852082628799 (1)

Join us for this early evening event to hear the latest research on gambling prevalence and understand the industry perspective.


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Since the Gambling Act 2005, there have been major changes in Great Britain’s gambling industry, including the massive expansion of online gambling and the spread of fixed odds betting terminals. This has all meant a boom for the industry with income growing quickly.

Alongside growth, the other major shift has been the surge in advertising and sponsorship. Budgets have grown alongside industry income; there are now fifteen times as many gambling adverts shown on television as there were in 2005. For those born after the millennium, gambling has had a presence in their early lives in a way not experienced by previous generations.

At this event we will examine what we can expect for children who have grown up in this era. We will hear from Dr Heather Wardle, Assistant Professor at London School of Hygiene, who will provide the policy context, while Anne Conolly from NatCen’s health team will explain the latest figures on the prevalence of gambling behaviours and problems within the UK population. We will also hear from Dan Waugh from Regulus Partners who will provide the industry perspective.

Please arrive promptly for 6.00pm for pizza and beer and a chance to chat to other attendees. 

  • Gillian Prior, Group Head, Health, National Centre for Social Research (chair)
  • Dr Heather Wardle, Assistant Professor, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • Anne Conolly, Research Director, Health Survey for England, National Centre for Social Research
  • Dan Waugh, Partner, Regulus Partners

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