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Why are children and young people becoming disordered gamblers?

On Tuesday 3 March 2020, the House of Lords Select Committee on the Social and Economic Impact of the Gambling Industry will hear evidence from two panels of witnesses.

The first panel will focus on the psychological and neurological  impact of gambling. The second will focus on the impact of gambling on children and young people, as well as exploring the relationship between gambling and gaming.
Giving evidence to the Committee, via video conference, at 3.20pm will be:

  • Dr Luke Clark, Professor, Department of Psychology and Director, Centre for Gambling Research at the University of British Columbia.

Questions are likely to focus on:

  • What happens in an individual's brain when they gamble;
  • Whether some individuals or groups of people are at greater risk of developing disordered gambling; and
  • Whether some gambling products are more addictive than others.

Giving evidence to the Committee at 4.20pm will be:

  • Dr Henrietta Bowden-Jones, Director, National Problem Gambling Clinic for Children;
  • Simone Vibert, Senior Policy and Public Affairs Analyst, The Children's Commissioner's Office;
  • Dr David Zendle, Lecturer in Computer Science, University of York; and
  • Lee Willows, Founder and Chief Executive, YGAM.

Questions are likely to focus on:

  • The legal definition of gambling, and whether this should be amended to include gaming products such as loot boxes;
  • The link, if any, between loot boxes and disordered gambling;
  • The link, if any, between early-onset gambling among children and disordered gambling; and
  • The impact of gambling advertising on children and young people.

These evidence sessions, which are open to the public, will start at 3.20pm and be held in Committee Room 3 of the House of Lords.


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