Gambling Problems on the Rise Among British Young Adults

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(Evangelical Focus) According to a research of The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) School for Primary Care Research (SPCR), published in the British Journal of General Practice, around one in 20 people waiting to see their GP at a group of surgeries in Bristol reported having a gambling problem.

The research surveyed over 1,000 patients in 11 GP practices in the city, and was carried out by academics from the universities of Bristol and York and the Australian National University.

Participants were ranked using the problem gambling severity index, which asks a range of questions such as whether their gambling habits have made them feel guilty or caused health or financial problems.

This is the first time a survey of this kind has been undertaken in general practice in the UK.

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