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[Editorial] Problem gambling is a public health concern

Archaeological finds from China, Egypt, and Persia show that gambling has been a pastime for 5 millennia. Most readers will have gambled at some time, and 63% of people older than 16 years of age in Great Britain did so in the past year. But at what financial, social, and health cost is poorly understood. Gambling Behaviour in Great Britain in 2015, a report by NatCen for the Gambling Commission, published on Aug 24, provides a glimpse of who gambles, where, and how in England, Scotland, and Wales