Program 86

AIRDATE:04/29/03

PROMO: With a billion dollars a year in revenues in Alberta alone, gambling is big business. But what's happening to prevent the rise in problem gambling? From the recent conference on problem gambling in Lethbridge:

Dr. Nady el-Guebaly, Chair of the Alberta Gaming Research Institute, develops longterm study on gambling behavior

Dr. Robert Williams of the University of Lethbridge develops prevention curriculum for youths

Nadine Nowatzki studies self-exclusion programs around the world

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TITLE: Dr. Robert Williams, Node Coordinator, Lethbridge Unit, Alberta Gaming Research Institute, and Professor of Sociology, University of Lethbridge
SUBJECT: #86 Prevention of Problem Gambling
SYNOPSIS: While gambling has been with us throughout the ages, it's only with the explosion in easy access gambling opportunities such as VLT's and casinos that "problem gambling" has taken on a higher profile. But there is virtually no research in this field. The University of Lethbridge recently hosted a conference on The Prevention of Problem Gambling. Sociology professor and coordinator of the Lethbridge node of the Alberta Gaming Research Institute Dr. Robert Williams helped organize the conference. His current research is focused on developing effective prevention programs for schools and determining what portion of gaming revenues comes from problem gamblers.

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TITLE: Dr. Nady el-Guebaly, Chair, Alberta Gaming Research Institute
SUBJECT: #86 Prevention of Problem Gambling
SYNOPSIS: Dr. Nady el-Guabaly, a psychiatrist and addictions specialist, chairs the Alberta Gaming Research Institute. He's embarking on a five yearstudy that will look gambling behavior in youths, adults and seniors.

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TITLE: Nadine Nowatzki, Research Associate, School of Health Sciences and Alberta Gaming Research Institute, University of Lethbridge
SUBJECT: #86 Prevention of Problem Gambling
SYNOPSIS: Self-exclusion is a means for people with an addiction to gambling to voluntarily ban themselves from casinos. Nadine Nowatzki of the School of Health Sciences at the University of Lethbridge has recently completed a study of self-exclusion programs around the world. She found that lack of uniformity and lax enforcement are two key factors undermining the effectiveness of self exclusion programs.

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