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As this year’s fresher’s season gets underway, the Gambling Commission is raising awareness of the risks that students may face from gambling. This comes following new figures indicating that 1.2million students gamble.

The Commission is sharing information to help students make informed choices about gambling and to gamble safely if they chose to do so.

Tim Miller, the Gambling Commission’s executive director for research, said:

“Two in three students gamble according to our new figures. Whilst many may do so without experiencing harm, for some, gambling can lead to debt, time away from lectures and potentially lead to a longer term problem with gambling.

“We want to encourage universities to provide the same level of information and support about the risks from gambling as they do for drugs, alcohol and safe sex.”

Tim adds: “We’ve published some tips for students about how to avoid risky gambling and the support that is available should they feel their gambling is becoming a problem.”

You can see the results of the Commission’s recent survey on students and gambling in this graphic.

The Commission is running a more in-depth study into the trends and behaviours of those that gamble at university and is calling all students to take part. Take the survey now.

Notes to editors 

  1. Research was conducted by YouthSight in August 2017.
  2. National Gambling Helpline on Freephone 0808 8020 133.
  3. More information about how we regulate the gambling industry.
  4. Useful statistics on the gambling industry

Journalists can contact our press office on 0121 230 6700 or email: communications@gamblingcommission.gov.uk

Posted on 12 September 2017