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Young People and Gambling 2023

Gambling Commission report produced by Ipsos on young people and their gambling behaviour, attitudes and awareness in 2023.


Variations in active involvement in gambling

The proportion of young people who actively spent their own money (for example pocket money, birthday money or money they earned themselves) on gambling activities in the 12 months is consistent by age and gender.

Those who define their ethnicity as white were more likely than young people from black or ethnic minority backgrounds to have spent their own money on gambling in the last 12 months (27 percent, compared with 21 percent). This finding could have been driven by the fact that active involvement in gambling was notably higher among young people who had seen their family members gamble, who in turn are more likely to come from white ethnic background (30 percent, compared with 21 percent of those in the black and minority ethnic group).

These trends are in line with 2022, though the proportion of those who define their ethnicity as white and have spent their own money on gambling in the last 12 months has decreased from 34 percent with the proportion who have seen their family members gambling also decreasing from 47 percent.

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