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Gambling Watch Scotland: 2023 Review

2023 saw some developments in Scotland which indicate both action and policy formation to challenge gambling related harms.Overall it is realistic to say that this has been slow but authentic. Action has been seen in third sector organisations. Citizens Advice...

Research Participants Opportunity

A student at Stirling University is seeking people who have used methods such as self-exclusion, spend caps, cooling-off periods, etc. and how effective they have been found to be. Kaitlyn Evans  will be carrying out online interviews as part of her research  that...

Gambling Harms: who sets the agenda?

An article in the British Medical Journal poses the question, "Why are we devising regulations that enable consumers to use dangerous products, rather than preventing their release onto the market?”  One answer is to do with who has power to shape the narratives and...

Lower Level Harms and Effect on Wellbeing

The prevalence of exttreme gambling harms - identified as a psychiatric disorder, often referred to as addiction - is given by the Gambling Commission as 0.3% of the population. This is often taken - by the gambling industry, for instance - as an 'official figure',...

2023: Looking Back and Forward

We've taken the opportunity at the turn of the year to look back to how we started in 2017 with The Machine Zone, and a quick look forward. We now run five websites which may be confusing. It certainly confuses us! So maybe this page will make things a little clearer....

The Mood of the Nation

A report published today (7 November) describes stark impacts of the cost of living crisis on Scots It shows increasing issues around physical and mental health and changes in spending behaviours   Conducted by media and marketing companies Union and 56 Degree...

Tackling Gambling Stigma: share your story

The team at tacklinggamblingstigma.com is inviting people to share their story of harms from their own or someone else's gambling. This would be via an informal chat with a researcher by telephone or in person at your convenience. We are interested in people of all...

Citizens Advice Scotland: a good port of call

  If you are suffering from gambling harms or affected by somebody else's many issues may arise, differently for everybody but sharing common themes. Financial problems, mental health, criminal proceedings, unemployment, relationship and family breakdown to name...

Would You Join Us as a Director/Consultant/Advisor?

Don't panic! If the idea of becoming a director/consultant/advisor sounds no-no, weird, downright not for you, please read on. Martin and Adrian are currently the only two directors of The Machine Zone and we're looking to get more people on board who represent...

In Memoriam: Ryan Myers

When the Big Step walk between Manchester and Liverpool ended at Anfield, Martin Paterson lit a candle at Everton FC's memorial wall in memory of Ryan Myers and all who have lost their lives to gambling. Ryan's father and mother, John and Alison and sister Hannah were...

After a White Paper… Time Frame

A green paper may be circulated to chosen consultees for commentary, amendemnets etc. A White Paper is agreed within government across departments such as the Treasury and may form the basis of a proposed Bill. The White Paper allows for further consultation and...

Reaching People’s Lives

Touching People in 'Ordinary' LifeMartin from the company he founded, The Machine Zone which seeks to raise awareness of gambling harms through the arts, seen here at Dundee Repertory Theatre's dark comedy about gambling. The play's co-written by somebody who's spent...

Two Opposing Narratives: gambling harms

Brass tacks: a reasonable summary of demands to address gambling harmsThe above is from Gambling with Lives new website. While they have done so much to raise awareness of the horrible connections between gambling and suicide, their five points are broadly shared...

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