Dr. Elizabeth Richardson - Health and Social Impacts of Gambling

Document Synopsis: 

A City Report filed by Hamilton's Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Elizabeth Richardson, MD, MHSc, FRCPC

In the report, Dr. Richardson provides Hamilton-specific statistics and makes recommendations to the Board of Health and Council about how Hamilton should approach gambling.

"Evidence indicates that negative impacts of problem gambling can affect both individuals and the community. Individuals who develop problems with gambling can experience decreased well-being in both mental and physical health, financial crises, difficulties in relationships, co-morbid substance use, and difficulties in school or workplace. Communities can be impacted by the increases in bankruptcies, increase in alcohol related harms, and the 'ripple effect' of consequences that affect the friends and family of individuals who experience problem gambling"