Suicide Study Set To Launch Commission’s Gambling Harm Project

The Gambling Commission will for the first time measure the connection between problem gambling and suicide rates, as the first stage in its drive to develop a complete picture of gambling-related harm in the UK.

A joint report, which was published on Tuesday by the Gambling Commission and academic Heather Wardle, lays out the parameters by which researchers will be able to judge the extent of social harm caused by problem gambling.

In comments to GamblingCompliance, a commission spokesperson said that the regulator would initially put these definitions to use by taking a close look at how gambling addiction can lead to suicide.

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