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Determinants of harmful substance use and harmful gambling

Citation
Gell L, McLeod J, Holmes J, Allamani A, Baumberg B, Bjerge B, Buhringer G, Eiroa-Orosa FJ, Forberger S, Frank V, Lingford-Hughes A, Meerkerk G, Meier P, Neumann M & Stead M (2016) Determinants of harmful substance use and harmful gambling. In: Gell L, Bühringer G, McLeod J, Forberger S, Holmes J, Lingford-Hughes A, Meier PS (ed.). What Determines Harm from Addictive Substances and Behaviours?. Governance of Addictive Substances and Behaviours Series, Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 77-111.

Abstract
First paragraph: Our understanding of the nature of harmful substance use and harmful gambling is informed by our position as European societies that place a high value on economic productivity, on success and pleasure, and on perpetuating individual physical health. Framed within this context, harmful substance use and harmful gambling is problematic because by definition it is related to negative physical or mental health outcomes and economic, legal, financial, or social costs for the individual, family and friends, or for wider society. In Chapter 1 we outlined why humans might use psychoactive substances and/or gamble, including short-term health (Corrao et al., 1999) and psychosocial benefits (Peele and Brodsky, 2000). The majority of individuals who drink alcohol, gamble, or consume illegal drugs do not experience harm as a result of their behaviour. However, a significant minority do either encounter harm themselves or inflict harm on others. In this chapter we seek to understand the factors that influence whether or not someone with risky substance use or risky gambling goes on to experience or cause material harms (see Chapter l, Section 1.3.3 for a definition of material harms). We begin by elucidating the range of harms considered in this work (see Fig. 4.1) and the prevalence of such harms across Europe. 

Additional co-authors: Robin Room, Laura Schmidt, Dike Van de Mheen, Reinout Wiers, and Phil Withington

StatusPublished
EditorGell L, Bühringer G, McLeod J, Forberger S, Holmes J, Lingford-Hughes A, Meier PS
AuthorsGell Lucy, McLeod Jane, Holmes John, Allamani Allaman, Baumberg Ben, Bjerge Bagga, Buhringer Gerhard, Eiroa-Orosa Francisco Jose, Forberger Sarah, Frank Vibeke, Lingford-Hughes Anne, Meerkerk Gert-Jan, Meier Petra, Neumann Maria, Stead Martine
Title of seriesGovernance of Addictive Substances and Behaviours Series
Publication date04/02/2016
URLhttps://global.oup.com/…83?cc=gb〈=en&#
PublisherOxford University Press
Place of publicationOxford
ISBN 9780198746683
LanguageEnglish
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