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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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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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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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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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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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