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Young People and Gambling 2022

Gambling Commission report produced by Ipsos on young people and their gambling behaviour, attitudes and awareness in 2022.


Who young people were with when they gambled

Most (74 percent) young people who have experience of gambling were with their parents and/or guardians the last time they did so. As shown as follows in Figure 24, 43 percent were with their siblings or friends aged 17 or under and 22 percent were with older siblings or friends. This reflects findings reported for specific gambling activities, which show that young people are rarely alone when they gamble.

Figure 24: Who young people were with when gambling

A bar chart showing who young people were with when gambling. Data from the chart is provided within the following table.

Figure 24 information

GAMSPEND2. Last time you did this activity and/or these activities who were you with?
Base: All 11 to 16 year olds answering (1736).
Note: This is a multiple response question, so the responses shown will not add up to 100 percent.

Figure 24: Who young people were with when gambling
Who young people were with when gambling Percentage (multiple response question, therefore answers do not sum to 100 percent)
Parent(s), carer(s) or guardian(s) 74%
Brother(s) and/or sister(s) or friend(s) 17 or younger 43%
Brother(s) and/or sister(s) or friend(s) 18 or older 22%
Other 17%
I was alone 9%

Playing National Lottery scratchcards (80 percent), bingo at a bingo club (76 percent) and placing a bet on a betting website or app (71 percent) were among the gambling activities that young people were most likely to do in the company of their parents or guardians.

Playing casino games online (39 percent) and bingo online (34 percent, please note the low base size of 80) were the gambling activities that young people were more likely to do alone. However, due to online age verification it is likely to be the case that young people were taking part in free to play games that are similar to casino or bingo games.

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