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Levels of problem gambling in Scotland

We include a series of questions on gambling in the Health Survey for Scotland which is published by the Scottish Government.

Gambling behaviour is increasingly a subject of public health and policy interest. This survey provides a detailed picture of the health of the Scottish population in private households and is designed to make a major contribution to the monitoring of health in Scotland.

Around 4,000 adults are interviewed for the survey.

Headline findings of Scottish health survey 2017

63%

of respondents in Scotland who have spent money on at least one gambling activity in the past 12 months (66% in 2016)

46%

of respondents in Scotland (excluding those who had only played National Lottery draws) who have spent money on at least one gambling activity in the past 12 months (49% in 2016)   

12%

of respondents in Scotland (excluding those who had only played National Lottery draws) who had gambled online in the past 12 months (12% in 2016)

All respondents

0.8%

of respondents in Scotland identified as problem gamblers (1.0% in 2016)

0.9%

of respondents in Scotland are at moderate risk of developing problems with their gambling (1.2% in 2016)

2.7%

of respondents in Scotland are at low risk of developing problems with their gambling (2.4% in 2016)

All gamblers

1.2%

of gamblers in Scotland identified as problem gamblers (1.3% in 2016)

1.3%

of gamblers in Scotland are at moderate risk of developing problems with their gambling (1.6% in 2016)

3.9%

of gamblers in Scotland are at low risk of developing problems with their gambling (3.3% in 2016)

Read the combined report for 2016 containing results from the Health survey for England, the Scottish health survey and the Welsh problem gambling survey.

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Participation in gambling and rates of problem gambling - Scotland

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