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
Young people's active involvement in gambling
Three in ten (31 percent) 11 to 16 year-olds spent their own money (for example pocket money, birthday money or money they earned themselves) on gambling activities in the 12 months prior to taking part in the survey.
Young people were most likely to have spent their own money on arcade games such as penny pusher or claw grab machines (22 percent) or bet for money between friends or family (15 percent), than other gambling activities, as shown as follows in Figure 1.
Figure 1: Young people’s active involvement in gambling – top ten gambling activities young people spent their own money on
Figure 1 information
GAMSPEND4. And when did you last spend money on this activity and/or these activities? Was it …?
Base: All 11 to 16 year olds answering (2,559).
Note: Responses in the table and chart do not add up to 100 percent, as the figures shown are for the overall figure and for the top ten gambling activities only.
|Top ten gambling activities young people spent their own money on||Percentage (multiple response question, therefore answers do not sum to 100 percent)|
|Spent money on any gambling activity in last 12 months||31%|
|Played arcade gaming machines||22%|
|Placed a bet for money between friends or family||15%|
|Played cards for money||5%|
|Played fruit or slot machines||3%|
|Played bingo at somewhere other than a bingo club||2%|
|Placed a bet on esports||2%|
|National Lottery Scratchcards||1%|
|Placed a bet on a betting website and/or app||1%|
|Played casino games online||1%|
|National Lottery online instant win games||1%|
Young people were more likely to spend their own money on regulated forms of gambling (23 percent), than unregulated forms of gambling (18 percent) in the last 12 months. The figure for regulated forms of gambling includes machines in premises that are not regulated by the Gambling Commission but have a permit from the local council, while the unregulated figure includes bingo play in premises where bingo is licensed, requires permits and where no permission is required (for further information on terms used throughout this report and their definitions see the Definitions section.).Previous section
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Variations in active involvement in gambling
Last updated: 9 November 2022
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