What do we mean by responsible gambling?
The concept of responsible gambling is usually applied to programs developed by the gaming industry. Such programs are designed to reduce the incidence of gambling problems and/or limit negative consequences caused by gambling. Certain professionals working in the field of excessive gambling prevention suggest that this idea should be extended. Particularly, the concept should be used within public policy, partnerships between industry and the state, health services, research into excessive gambling and also by the players themselves. The subject is currently debated by professionals, as responsibility is an ambiguous term. On certain occasions, the term is used to emphasise the individual responsibility of the player. However, some professionals feel this causes a risk blaming an individual for their gambling problems. On other occasions, the term is applied to preventative measures taken by organisations. However, there is a conflict of interests created by gambling prevention (that preventative measures reduce income and taxes generated from gambling). There is, therefore, a risk of collusion and overlooking this conflict of interests. The intervention of public health services within the field of excessive gambling is a recent phenomenon. This is a form of state intervention, in the domains where organisations are self-regulating and solely responsible for managing this conflict of interests