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December/January 2017/2018 (vol. 14/4)

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Problem gambling in the workplace, Part 2

Part 2: recognition at work

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In the second of a three-part series of articles on problem gambling in the workplace, Annika Lindberg discusses the identification of a gambling problem and some of the implications it can have on business.

A recent article in the Lancet1 described problem gambling as a public health concern and suggested that ‘incomplete understanding is not an excuse for inaction’. The widespread damage caused by problem gambling is increasingly being recognised in the media; however, unlike the general awareness among employers regarding addictions to alcohol and drugs, problem gambling is still relatively unfamiliar to many managers and workplaces. The first article in this series introduced the topic of gambling addiction and its potentially very serious impact on the workplace2

 

Annika Lindberg is a chartered counselling psychologist who has specialised in problem gamblers for the past 13 years. She was one of the first psychologists working for the National Problem Gambling clinic in London (the only existing NHS treatment clinic for problem gambling) when it opened in 2008. She now works in the OH department at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation trust, where she runs a CBT clinic for staff.

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Occupational Health at Work December/January 2017/2018 (vol. 14/4) pp26-29

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