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Young People and Gambling 2022

Gambling Commission report produced by Ipsos on young people and their gambling behaviour, attitudes and awareness in 2022.



This first section of the report examines young people’s active involvement in gambling, which is self-reported experience of spending their own money on gambling over the last 12 months.


Around three in ten (31 percent) of 11 to 16 year olds were actively involved in gambling in the last 12 months, having spent their own money on gambling activities. They were most likely to have spent their own money on types of gambling activity that are legal or do not feature age restricted products such as penny pusher or claw grab arcade games (22 percent) or bet for money between friends or family (15 percent).

More 11 to 16 year olds spent their own money on regulated gambling activities (23 percent) than unregulated activities which fall outside the remit of the Gambling Commission (18 percent).

Using the youth-adapted problem gambling screen, the survey data identified 0.9 percent of 11 to 16 year olds as problem gamblers, 2.4 percent as at risk gamblers and 27.3 percent as non-problem gamblers.

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