British Gambling Prevalence Survey 2010
Gambling Prevalence Survey 2010 (BGPS) is the
third nationally representative survey of participation in gambling
and the prevalence of problem gambling in Great Britain. It builds
on the two previous gambling prevalence surveys (published in
2000 and 2007).
The key aims of the BGPS 2010 were to:
- measure the prevalence of participation in all forms of
commercial and private gambling
- estimate the prevalence of problem gambling
- investigate the socio-demographic factors associated with
gambling and with problem gambling
- explore attitudes to gambling
- where appropriate provide comparisons between pre- and
post-implementation of the Gambling Act 2005.
We will use the findings of the BGPS to help develop policy for
the regulation of gambling and to advise the Secretary of State on
gambling issues. The BGPS will also provide information on
gambling to the industry, problem gambling charities and other key
Cross-sectional research, such as the prevalence survey, cannot
generally be used to investigate causal relationships, for example
to explain what causes problem gambling. However, it can be
used to provide insight into a range of issues, including a better
understanding of people’s gambling behaviour and their attitudes
The BGPS was conducted by the National Centre for Social
Research, in collaboration with gambling experts Dr Rachel Volberg,
Professor Mark Griffiths and Professor Jim Orford.
The fieldwork of the BGPS 2010 was completed in early summer 2010.
A sample of over 7,500 respondents was achieved. Advanced access
was granted to the following bodies on 14 February: Department for
Culture, Media and Sport, Department of Health, the Scottish
Government, National Lottery Commission and the Responsible
Gambling Strategy Board. The full data set of the survey will be
made available in the UK Data Archive in Spring 2011.
We are currently undertaking a comprehensive review of the way in which we
gather adult gambling prevalence data, and are seeking
stakeholder views on a range of options for future data
Page last reviewed: June 2012