Gambling treatment should be available on the NHS, leading doctors have said.
In a report by the British Medical Association's (BMA) board of science, 'Gambling addiction and its treatment within the NHS', the BMA calls for gambling to be a recognised addiction that requires treatment on the NHS.
The BMA warns that health professionals should be prepared for an upsurge in gambling problems when the 2005 Gambling Act takes effect in September.
It recommends that gambling operators should pay at least £10m each year to fund research, prevention and intervention programmes.
And it says adolescent gambling should be taken as seriously as adult problem gambling.