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For the first time the Gambling Commission has commissioned and published gambling participation and problem gambling rates in Wales. 

More than 4,000 people were interviewed for the Welsh Problem Gambling Survey 2015

James Green, Commission programme director for evidence and analysis, said: “This new survey provides a robust baseline on gambling activity in Wales. It will allow us to accurately chart changes in gambling behaviour in Wales – most importantly we will be able to monitor changes in gambling participation, the prevalence of problem gambling, and the prevalence of at risk gambling. I would encourage all those with an interest in gambling and public health issues to draw upon this important source of information and support us in ensuring that gambling is fair and safe for all. ” 

Headline figures from the survey include: 

  • Overall gambling participation in Wales is 61%, with 63% of men and 59% of women reporting that they gambled in the previous 12 months
  • The National Lottery is the most popular form of gambling in Wales with 49% of men and 46% of women taking part in the last 12 months
  • Participation in any activity excluding players of the National Lottery draw only is 44.2%
  • 1.1% of those surveyed were identified as problem gamblers
  • 3.8% of all respondents were identified as at low or moderate risk of problem gambling 

A Commission press release responding to gambling data from the Scottish Health Survey will be published tomorrow.  

A combined report containing results from the Health Survey for England, the Scottish Health Survey and the Welsh Problem Gambling Survey is scheduled to be published next spring.

Notes to editors 

  1. More information about how we regulate the gambling industry.
  2. Useful statistics on the gambling industry
  3. More information on prevention of money-laundering.

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

Posted on 20 September 2016