Restricting Gambling Advertising May Reduce Harm

Accessible Games and Gaming

Author: University of Sheffield
Published: 2023/01/26 - Updated: 2023/01/27 - Peer-Reviewed: Yes
Contents: Summary - Introduction - Main - Related

Synopsis: A new study of the evidence has shown gambling advertising restriction could reduce possible related harm, especially to vulnerable individuals. Gambling-related harms represent a significant potential driver of health inequalities because those already experiencing financial, social, and mental health disadvantages are also at increased risk of experiencing gambling-related harm. Evidence showed the impact on children, young people, and those already at risk from current gambling activity are more likely to be influenced by gambling advertising.

Introduction

What is the Evidence Advertising Policies Could Have on Gambling-Related Harms? A Systematic Umbrella Review of the Literature - Public Health.

Researchers from the University of Sheffield explored the relationship between exposure to gambling advertising and attitudes, intentions, and behaviors that may be associated with an increased risk of gambling-related harms such as debt, relationship problems, physical and mental health problems, and crime.

Main Digest

The team analyzed eight recent reviews in this field, including data from over 70 research papers, using various research methods to investigate the relationship between advertising and gambling. The research in this field consistently found a causal relationship between exposure to adverts for gambling products or brands and greater intentions to gamble and increased gambling activity.

The findings, published in the journal Public Health, found evidence of a dose-response effect; greater advertising exposure increases participation, leading to a greater risk of harm.

Continued below image.
Welcome to fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada sign surrounded by casino chips, playing cards, and dice.
Welcome to fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada sign surrounded by casino chips, playing cards, and dice.
Continued...

There was also evidence for the impact on children, young people, and those already at risk from current gambling activity, with those most vulnerable more likely to be influenced.

Professor Elizabeth Goyder, Professor of Public Health at the University of Sheffield's School of Health and Related Research, said:

"Gambling-related harms represent a significant potential driver of health inequalities because those already experiencing financial, social, and mental health disadvantage are also at increased risk of experiencing gambling-related harm. And those already at risk of harm from their gambling have consistently been shown to be more likely to be prompted to gamble by exposure to advertising."

"The substantial evidence we found in all the recent reviews of evidence in this field supports the use of restriction to reduce exposure to gambling advertising. This is particularly likely to reduce the risk of harm to children, young people, and adults who are already vulnerable to gambling-related harms."

"Such restrictions could reduce overall harm and mitigate the impact of advertising on gambling-related inequalities."

She added:

"Our study has shown public health harm prevention strategies should ideally include a range of policies which limit exposure to advertising, particularly among children and vulnerable groups."

About the Report

The report was funded by City Hall, London, to provide an independent evidence briefing on the evidence base related to the health and inequalities impacts of gambling advertising. Researchers recognize that the study's evidence base has limitations as surveys and qualitative studies of self-reported exposure, attitudes, and behavior in the general population largely characterize it.

Resources That Provide Relevant Information

Attribution/Source(s):

This peer reviewed publication was selected for publishing by the editors of Disabled World due to its significant relevance to the disability community. Originally authored by University of Sheffield, and published on 2023/01/26 (Edit Update: 2023/01/27), the content may have been edited for style, clarity, or brevity. For further details or clarifications, University of Sheffield can be contacted at sheffield.ac.uk. NOTE: Disabled World does not provide any warranties or endorsements related to this article.

Related Publications

Share This Information To:
𝕏.com Facebook Reddit

Page Information, Citing and Disclaimer

Disabled World is an independent disability community founded in 2004 to provide news and information to people with disabilities, seniors, their family and carers. We'd love for you to follow and connect with us on social media!

Cite This Page (APA): University of Sheffield. (2023, January 26 - Last revised: 2023, January 27). Restricting Gambling Advertising May Reduce Harm. Disabled World. Retrieved July 18, 2024 from www.disabled-world.com/entertainment/games/gambling-ads.php

Permalink: <a href="https://www.disabled-world.com/entertainment/games/gambling-ads.php">Restricting Gambling Advertising May Reduce Harm</a>: A new study of the evidence has shown gambling advertising restriction could reduce possible related harm, especially to vulnerable individuals.

Disabled World provides general information only. Materials presented are never meant to substitute for qualified medical care. Any 3rd party offering or advertising does not constitute an endorsement.