Young People and Gambling 2022
- Executive summary
- Young people’s active involvement in gambling
- Experience of gambling
- The Impact of gambling on young people
- Online gambling
- National Lottery play
- Games and gaming machines
- The Context for gambling participation
- Attitudes towards and exposure to gambling
- List of gambling activities and definitions
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.
Young people's active involvement in gambling
Last updated: 9 November 2022
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