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Levels of problem gambling in Scotland

We commission a chapter on gambling in the Health Survey for Scotland which is published by the Scottish Government.

Gambling behaviour is increasingly a subject of public health and policy interest. This survey provides a detailed picture of the health of the Scottish population in private households and is designed to make a major contribution to the monitoring of health in Scotland.

Around 4,000 adults are interviewed for the survey.

Headline findings of Scottish health survey 2015


of people gambled in 2015


of people in Scotland identified as problem gamblers


of people in Scotland are at low or moderate risk of developing problems with their gambling 

A combined report containing results from the latest Health survey for England, the Scottish health survey and the Welsh problem gambling survey is scheduled to be published in Spring 2017.


Also see

Participation in gambling and rates of problem gambling - Scotland

Headline report

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