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Young People and Gambling 2022: Official statistics

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


How gambling impacts on relations with friends and family

Young people who had spent their own money on gambling in the last 12 months were asked how gambling had impacted on their relationship with their friends and family. Throughout this section a combination figure for ‘sometimes’, ‘often’, or ‘all of the time’ has been used to the report the impact that gambling can have, unless specified otherwise.

One in ten young people (10 percent) said that their own gambling had led them to talk to their parents about how they felt. Of these, 5 percent said it had happened all of the time.

Just over one in twenty (7 percent) 11 to 16 year olds who were actively involved with gambling in the last 12 months stated that gambling had made them uncomfortable around their friends. Of these, just 2 percent felt uncomfortable all the time.

Figure 5: The impact that young people’s gambling has on family and friends

A horizontal stacked bar chart showing the impact that young people's gambling has on family and friends. Data from the chart is provided within the following table.

Figure 5 information

GA_GAMLEDTLK GA_GAMLEDCOM. Thinking about the last 12 months, how often, if at all, has your own gambling led you to...
Base: All 11 to 16 year olds answering who have spent their own money gambling in the last 12 months 'Talk to your parents about how you feel' (700). 'Not feel comfortable around your friends' (701).
Note: Where percentages for a question do not add up to 100 percent, this is due to computer rounding.

Figure 5: The impact that young people’s gambling has on family and friends
Impact Percentage who never Percentage who rarely Percentage who sometimes Percentage who often Percentage who all the time Percentage who don't know
Not feel comfortable around friends 80% 4% 3% 1% 2% 9%
Talk to your parents about how you feel 75% 4% 2% 3% 5% 10%
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