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Young People and Gambling

This report, published in October 2019, explores the gambling behaviours of young people aged between 11-16 years old in England, Scotland and Wales.  

The survey is conducted by Ipsos MORI on our behalf. 

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Headline findings


of 11-16 year olds say they spent their own money on gambling activities in the seven days prior to taking part in the survey. This is down from 14% in 2018. 


of 11-16 year olds say they have placed a private bet for money (e.g. with friends) in the past seven days, with a further 3% playing cards for money with friends in the past seven days.


of 11-16 year olds report playing on fruit or slot machines in the past seven days. 


of 11- 16 year olds say they have played National Lottery scratchcards and 2% say they have played the Lotto (the main National Lottery) draw in the past seven days. 


of 11-16 year olds say they have seen or heard gambling adverts or sponsorship with 83% of those saying that it had not prompted them to gamble. 


of 11-16 year olds are classified as ‘problem’ gamblers, 2.7% as ‘at risk, using the DSM-IV-MR-J-screen. In 2018, 1.7% of 11-16 year olds were classified as ‘problem gamblers’ and 2.2% were classified as ‘at risk’. The 2019 results do not represent a significant increase over time.

This information is used alongside sales and other information to assess trends in illegal underage gambling.

If you require historical data you can contact us.

Also see

Young people and gambling 2019

A research study among 11-16 year olds in England, Scotland and Wales

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Young people and gambling 2019

Statistics (Excel)

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Young people and gambling questionnaire

This document should be read in conjunction with The Gambling Commission’s Young People and Gambling 2019 report.

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