Quaker Action on Alcohol and Drugs Welcomes Gambling Watch UK

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Gambling Watch is a welcome addition to the gambling landscape. The last few years have seen many changes as regards gambling: it is now widely advertised on the media, particularly via sporting events and on television - and advertising can include ‘free’ offers to get you started. Many Local Authorities are concerned about the number of gambling premises in their areas, but they can’t refuse them just on the grounds they think there are too many. In the meanwhile, there has been a rise in the number of people who experience problems with gambling.

Quaker Action on Alcohol and Drugs, which has been active on gambling in recent years, recognises that there is a wider debate to be had about these broader issues. Are our attitudes and behaviour changing as regards gambling? Are we happy with the way things are going? The gambling industry represents its views (as it has a legitimate right to do) – but until now there have been few voices expressing a perspective that questions the social effects. Gambling Watch UK can add an informed and distinctive voice, and we look forward to hearing it.

Quaker Peace and Social Witness supports the establishment of Gambling Watch UK

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Why Gambling Watch UK is needed?

Opportunities for gambling in Britain have increased very considerably in the last 20 years and were given further encouragement with the passing of the 2005 Gambling Act. The latest British Gambling Prevalence Survey, carried out in 2009/10, found that between one third and one half a million British adults experienced a gambling problem in the previous 12 months.
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Our Mission and Aims

Gambling Watch UK is an organisation, independent of Government or the gambling industry, which exists to question the present policy of support for the expansion of gambling in the UK and to propose alternative policies which would have the effect of preventing such expansion, which it's members believe is harmful from a public health perspective ...
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We believe there is overwhelming support for the view that there are already too many opportunities for gambling and that this is bad for individual, family and community health, but our voices need to be heard if we are to influence public policy. If you agree with the Mission and Aims of Gambling Watch UK, then please register your support.
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