A Royal College of Psychiatrists in Wales comment on the ‘Gambling with our Health' Report from the Chief Medical Officer
The Royal College of Psychiatrists in Wales welcomes the report from Dr Frank Atherton, Chief Medical Officer for Wales and is encouraged by its recommendations.
In Wales it is reported, 61% of adults (around 1.5 million people) have gambled in the last 12 months. 63% of men and 59% of women report gambling participation in the past 12 months*
In Wales, 1.1% of the population (30,000 people) self-reported as having a problem with gambling, using either the Problem Gambling Severity Index (PGSI) or the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of American Psychiatric Association (DSM-IV). A further
3.8% of people in Wales are estimated to be at risk of problem gambling. The problem gambling rate for men is 1.9%, and the rate for women is 0.2%*
Chair of the Faculty of Addictions, Dr Ranjini Rao expressed:
"The Royal College of Psychiatrists in Wales welcomes this report from the Chief Medical Officer and is encouraged by the recognition of gambling as an emerging public health issue. It’s also so important that we look to reduce stigma around
gambling so that more people who require help come forward."
"The college are committed to working with partners in Wales to reflect on international best practice, influence treatment options and develop greater harmony with the NHS’ strategy to tackle addictive behaviour."
"We are keen to hear Welsh Governments response to the report recommendations and would see Psychiatry as playing an essential role in shaping delivery and design of addiction related services".
* Gambling Commission, 2016. Participation in gambling and rates of problem gambling – Wales 2015.