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First comprehensive review by Gambling Commission since 2010 published


First comprehensive review by Gambling Commission since 2010 published

The Gambling Commission has published a report the objective of which was “to describe the prevalence of gambling participation, at-risk gambling and problem gambling” and to explore associated character.


Data was combined from the Health Survey for England , the Scottish Health Survey and the Wales Omnibus,  all from 2015.


The Gambling Commission identified these key findings:


  • 1.4% of gamblers were classed as problem gamblers (0.8% of the population), with 6.4% at-risk (3.9% of the population) – which is similar to the rate published in the 2012 report;

  • Problem gambling was more prevalent among people who had participated in a multiple gambling activities in the past year, than those that had just participated in one;

  • 63% of adults (aged 16 and over) in Great Britain had gambled in the past year.

  • Men (66%) are more likely to gambling than women (59%);

  • Most popular gambling activities were: National Lottery draws (46%), scratchcards (23%) and other lotteries (15%);

  • Overall participation was highest among the middle age groups and lowest among the youngest and oldest age groups whilst those in employment or training were more likely to gamble (69%).

  • Participation by those unemployed was at 56% and 57% for those retired.

Gambling Commission Executive Tim Miller stated:

“Whilst overall problem gambling rates in Britain have remained statistically stable, our research suggests that in excess of two million people are at-risk or classed as problem gamblers, with very many more impacted by the wider consequences of gambling-related harm.”


Following publication of the latest report, the Gambling Commission has called for a ‘renewed focus’ on addressing gambling associated harms.