Episode 051: Dr Henrietta Bowden-Jones on problem gambling and health
Episode Notes The occasional flutter is something the majority of the population does but severe problem gambling affects nearly 1% with terrible health consequences including increased risk of death and suicide. And, as well as those 400,000 affected in the UK two million are thought to be at risk of worsening problems. Dr Henrietta Bowden-Jones knows as much about the challenges of problem gambling as anyone. She's a London-based academic and consultant psychiatrist in addictions. We talk about the nature of problem gambling and how it affects people, and how we can help ourselves and others. Advertising for betting is now everywhere, normalised to a worrying degree, and the public health response is gathering pace. Henrietta is Founder and Director of the NHS's own National Problem Gambling Clinic and she has multiple national and international roles involved in prevention, research, treatment, and education on problem gambling. Her list of achievements is deeply impressive - check our her website to find out more on her work. Links Dr Henrietta Bowden-Jones website BJGP Editorial: Should GPs routinely screen for problem gambling How to get help on NHS Live Well: Problem Gambling Podcast Promotion I've moved away from most social media but I realise it is still an important part of many people's lives. If you want to share an episode or more on Twitter, Facebook etc then I'd be thrilled. Even better, why not mention it to a colleague, friend, or family when you next speak to them. In fact, why not give them a call and meet up anyway? All the evidence suggests you'll be healthier and benefit. And, if you can and it's relevant, thanks for mentioning the podcast to them. If you got something out of this episode then please mosey on over to Apple Podcasts and kindly leave a rating, a review and you can subscribe there too! Other ways to subscribe to Blokeology Click here to subscribe via Apple Podcasts Click here to subscribe via RSS Click here to subscribe on Android You can also subscribe via Stitcher Sign up for the Journal of Blokeology newsletter It's my fortnightly newsletter that shares some cool evidence-based health, fitness, and lifestyle advice. It comes out every other Tuesday and I share some tips and thoughts. Head over to www.blokeology.io/journal to do that. Feedback I would love to hear from you and your own experiences. Best bet is to email: blokeology AT gmail.com.