Yearly Archive: 2015

Dec 29

Third update of gambling advertising bibliography

The report Gambling advertising: A critical research review was written by Per Binde for the Responsible Gambling Trust in the UK. The report was published in April, 2014. The report has an appendix that lists empirical studies examining gambling advertising. Part A of the appendix lists 36 publications presenting studies that focus on gambling advertising; …

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Nov 28

Conceptual Framework of Harmful Gambling (2015 edition)

The key objectives of Conceptual Framework of Harmful Gambling are to: reflect for all readers the state of knowledge of the factors influencing harmful gambling; assist researchers, treatment providers, policy makers, and regulators to better understand the complex dynamics of harmful gambling and facilitate informed decision making; and identify areas where research is most needed …

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Oct 19

Conference on problem gambling in the workplace

Alna is a Swedish organization that works to prevent alcohol and drug harm in the workplace. In the past years, Alna has extended its preventive work to include also harm caused by problem gambling. Alna has since 1961 provided assistance to workplaces through a proactive model. The organization is jointly owned by the Swedish labor …

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Oct 12

RISK – Preventing youth gambling problems

RISK is a Swedish national organization working for the prevention of youth gambling and gaming problems, and for good support to those who already have problems. RISK stands for “RIksförbundet SpelKontroll”, which is a play with the word “control” in relation to gambling (and “National Organization”). Most members of RISK are 16-30 years and have …

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Oct 08

Gambling conference in Helsinki

The Finnish National Institute for Health and Welfare organized an international research conference on “Gambling, Politics and Social Issues”, on September 22, 2015. The conference was stimulating as it took a broad and societal perspective on gambling and problem gambling. Topics covered by the presenters included consumer issues relating to gambling in the EU, the …

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Jun 29

Summertime reading

The summer vacation might not be the right time to read heavy gambling studies articles that are filled with statistics and complicated calculations. Here I suggest four text about gambling that are interesting, easy to read and entertaining. Perfect for leisurly reading. They all have in common that they give a perspective on gambling in …

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Jun 17

10th SNSUS conference

The tenth SNSUS conference was held in Stockholm, June 1-3, with 130 particiants and 38 papers presented. SNSUS stands for The Nordic Society Foundation for Information about Problem Gambling. SNSUS organizes Nordic conferences every second year. Many topics in gambling studies were covered at the conference, including regulation, therapy, prevalence and prevention. I presented my …

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May 31

Fifth GARN network meeting

Twice a year the Swedish network of gambling researchers – GARN – gathers for a meeting. The fifth meeting took place in Västerås on May 28-29, 2015. On the first day the discussions continued from the previous meeting about the concept of “behavioral addiction”. There were two presentations on the neurological basis of addiction. Psychologist …

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Apr 22

Gambling disorder = Hasardspelsyndrom

Together with psychologist David Forsström, I have written a commentary on the Swedish translation of  DSM-5 “Gambling disorder”. The commentary is published in the journal Nordic Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. > Read the article (open access)   Binde, Per & David Forsström. 2015. The Swedish translation of DSM-5 “Gambling Disorder”: Reflections on nosology and …

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Mar 31

Parliament decision on gambling regulation

The Swedish parliament decided on March 25 that a licensing system shall be implemented on the gambling market. The parliament requests that the government during this year gives directives for an investigation on how such a system should be designed. Actually, this is no news. For several years there has been a political majority for …

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