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Levels of problem gambling in Wales

Each year we commission a survey on gambling behaviour for Wales. It provides a robust baseline on gambling activity in Wales. It will allow us to accurately chart changes in gambling behaviour including participation, the prevalence of problem gambling, and the prevalence of at risk gambling. 

Around 4,000 people were interviewed for the survey.

Interviews were conducted face-to-face in the homes of respondents, following the same procedures as those employed in the health surveys for England and Scotland.

This data will be important for anyone with an interest in gambling and public health issues.

Headline findings from the Welsh problem gambling survey 2016

55%

of people in Wales gambled (61% in 2015)

40%

of people  in Wales (excluding those who had only played National Lottery draws) gambled in 2016 (44% in 2015) 

5.5%

Of people  in Wales (excluding   those who had only played National Lottery draws) had gambled online (5.4% in 2015)

0.8%

of people in Wales   identified as problem gamblers (1.1% in 2015)

3.3%

of people in Wales  are at low or moderate risk of developing   problems with their gambling (3.8% in 2015)

1.5%

of gamblers in Wales identified as problem gamblers (1.7% in 2015)

5.4%

of gamblers in Wales are at low or moderate risk of developing problems with their gambling (6.2% in 2015)

The Health Survey for England, which will include participation and problem gambling statistics, is due to be published in early 2018. This will be followed by a combined report covering England, Scotland and Wales.

Also see

Participation in gambling and rates of problem gambling - Wales

2016

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Participation in gambling and rates of problem gambling - Wales

Excel spreadsheet of data

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