Young People & Gambling 2018 – A research study among 11-16 year olds in Great Britain

 21 November 2018

The headline findings of the survey (based on 11-16 year olds in Great Britain unless stated otherwise) are:

Gambling participation

• 14% of 11-16 year olds had spent their own money on gambling in the past week (that is, the seven days prior to completing the survey), up from 12% in 2017 but still lower than rates seen prior to 2017

• This compared to 13% who had drunk alcohol in the past week, 4% who had smoked cigarettes and 2% who had taken illegal drugs

• The principal forms of gambling in the past week are placing a private bet for money with friends (6%), National Lottery scratchcards (4%)1, fruit/slot machines (3%) and playing cards for money with friends (3%)

• Young people who have gambled in the past week spent an average of £16 on gambling during this period

• Over the past 12 months, 39% of 11-16 year olds have spent their own money on gambling

Author(s):

Gambling Commission

Publisher:

Gambling Commission

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