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Gambling Health Impact Assessment

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A pre-pandemic Health Impact Assessment (HIA) about gambling in Guernsey showed a higher proportion of those surveyed locally participated in one or more gambling activity in the previous year compared to neighbouring jurisdictions.

It found that 79.9% of Guernsey survey respondents had gambled compared to 75.9% in the Isle of Man and 57% in Great Britain. The highest gambling activity was the Channel Islands Christmas Lottery, followed by scratch cards.

The report, published on this page, was commissioned in 2019 and produced by the Public Health Institute at Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU). It was asked to assess the health impact on the Guernsey population in relation to gambling. 

Research has shown that recreational gamblers are more likely to report poor physical and mental health and increased risk of health risk behaviours such as nicotine dependence, alcohol use disorder and substance use. From a Bailiwick perspective further evidence was needed to, a) understand the prevalence and types of gambling in Guernsey; b) assess the impact on health and wellbeing, and c) assess support available for at-risk and problem gamblers.

The team at the Public Health Institute, LJMU, used a mixed-methods approach to complete the HIA.  This included a postal survey of a representative sample of the Guernsey population; a collation of qualitative (i.e. verbal) information obtained by interviewing stakeholders including those who run support services, and gamblers themselves in Guernsey; and a stakeholder workshop. 

The research was carried out between September 2019 and February 2020, soon after which the COVID-19 pandemic significantly delayed the review and finalisation of the report. 

Key findings from the HIA were:

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A health impact assessment of the effect of gambling on Guernsey in 2019 A health impact assessment of the effect of gambling on Guernsey in 2019 - Data Annex

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