Young people & gambling in Great Britain 2018

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This is the latest annual survey by the Gambling Commission to explore gambling behaviour among young people in Great Britain. It found that 14% of 11-16 year olds had spent their own money on a gambling activity in the week prior to taking the study. This is a rise of 2% on the 2017 results. However, it is relatively low by historical standards. e.g. in 2011, 23% of 11-15 year olds in England and Wales had gambled in the past week.

The most common gambling activities that young people spent their money on  were placing a private bet for money with friends (6%), followed by playing lottery scratchcards (4%), fruit/slot machines (3%) and cards for money with friends (3%). Rates of online gambling remain relatively low. 

The survey indicated that 1.7% of 11-16 year olds are problem gamblers and 2.2% are at-risk.