The moral panic being spread about gambling machines is grounded in myth, not evidence. In a close examination of the facts, new research, The Crack Cocaine of Gambling? Gambling machines in the UK, shows the key arguments being put forward to justify increased regulation of these machines are baseless:
- Problem gambling
Existing evidence does not support the claim that fixed-odds betting terminals have led to a nationwide rise in problem gambling, nor does the data suggest that these machines are uniquely addictive or seductive.
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