Lifestyle Economics

Bad Statistics Fuel Bad Policy


In the Media

Matthew Lesh writes for City AM

In the Media

IEA research referenced in Politico

Christopher Snowdon writes for The Critic

IEA Head of Lifestyle Economics Christopher Snowdon has written for The Critic highlighting a lack of evidence for common claims that gambling is a significant cause of suicides.

Christopher wrote:

“There is one gambling-related suicide in the UK every day. There are up to 496 gambling-related suicides a year. Ten per cent of all the suicides in England are caused by gambling. 

“These statistics, and other iterations of them, have become mantras for the anti-gambling lobby since January 2023 when the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities (OHID) published a report claiming that there are ‘between 117 and 496 suicides associated with problem gambling’ in England.

“It turns out that these figures are based on nothing. They are a will o’ the wisp. A mirage. They exist only on a laptop in Whitehall. They are worthless.”

Read Christopher’s full piece here to learn more.