Dr Mark Griffiths on Gambling

Dr Griffiths speaks about gambling...

In the course of a long discussion, Dr Griffiths speaks about gambling in the media, in British culture, on social media platforms, in traditional casinos and in legislature. He also describes the psychological appeal of particular games and clears up misconceptions about problem gambling and addiction.
We begin by chatting about the depiction of gambling in the British press. Dr Griffiths explains why gambling tends to get such a grilling in the media, despite arguing that the press is not necessarily 'anti-gambling.' Is it possible that the shoddy reputation of commercial gambling can be blamed on the need to sell papers?
Next, we discuss the culture of gambling in Britain. Dr Griffiths believes that Great Britain is clearly a 'nation of gamblers' and sheds some light on why, in spite of this, our casino culture pales in comparison to that of international gambling hotspots.
When then move on to the new phenomenon of social gambling, which Dr Griffiths attributes to a general convergence between different forms of media and entertainment in recent years. He explains why he is concerned that the availability of free, 'casino style games' on social platforms might be harmful to minors.
Moving away from online gambling, we spend a little time with traditional, land-based casinos. Dr Mark talks about his involvement in the failed bid for a super casino in Manchester and makes the case for a Vegas-style 'resort' on British shores, arguing that such an attraction would benefit our ailing leisure industry.
Dr Griffiths then addresses his particular area of expertise: the psychology of casino games. Touching on a few examples (roulette, bingo and particularly slot machines), he explains how different forms of gambling psychologically manipulate players in different ways and for different effects.
In the penultimate part of our interview, Dr Griffiths casts his view on British gambling policy. Despite criticising the actions of 'one incoming Prime Minister,' he describes the narrative of UK gambling legislation as one of 'liberalisation and deregulation.'
Finally, Dr Griffiths speaks out about problem gambling and addiction. After clearing up the distinction between 'problem gamblers' and 'addicts,' Dr Griffiths suggests what can be done to help those affected, as well as critiquing the misrepresentation of addiction figures by the press.
Dr Griffiths is a Psychology lecturer for Nottingham Trent University and has been researching the psychology of gambling since the 1990s. In addition to his academic credentials and extensive bibliography, he is the co-founder of addiction charity GamCare, which provides a free helpline to problem gamblers and addicts throughout the United Kingdom.

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