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Cheesed off! Surrounded by Temptation

I'm not currently struggling with addiction. But I am trying to diet a little, in particular lay off eating so much cheese - which I love. Then today an advert appeared on Facebook from a cheese shop (Facebook never forgets where you've been!) and I can only describe...

GAMBLING HARMS AND WIDER DETERMINANTS OF ILLBEING

GAMBLING HARMS AND WIDER DETERMINANTS OF ILL BEING   For an individual and affected people around, the impact of running into difficulties with gambling on health and wellbeing is well documented. For instance, gambling harms are linked with depression, anxiety, debt,...

Industry Funded Charities

We often include items about alcohol - for three reasons. One, many harmed by gambling are also harmed by alcohol. Secondly, user-led recovery communities are now including recovery from gambling as well as from alcohol and other drugs harms. The third reason is that...

Nene Valley Rock Festival

While we are based in Scotland, we have many friends in the rest of the UK who are working hard to support each other in recovery from harms caused by gambling. Like them, we also campaign to challenge things that encourage gambling, such as advertising.   We are very...

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...

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