Young People and Gambling 2023
- 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
Who young people were with when they gambled
Most (74 percent) young people who have experience of gambling were with their parents or guardians the last time they did so. Young people are rarely alone when they gamble; as shown in Figure 25, 39 percent were with their friends aged 17 or under and 27 percent were with siblings or friends aged 17 or under.
Figure 25: Who young people were with when gambling
Figure 25 information
GAMSPEND2. Last time you did [this activity or these activities] who were you with?
Base: All 11 to 17 year olds answering who have played… (1,969).
Note: This is a multiple response question, so the responses shown will not add up to 100 percent.
|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%|
|Friend(s) aged 17 or younger||39%|
|Brother or sister(s) aged 17 or younger||27%|
|Brother or sister(s) aged 18 or older||14%|
|I was alone||8%|
|Friend(s) aged 18 or older||5%|
Playing National Lottery scratchcards (77 percent); placing a bet at a betting shop or bookies (73 percent) or 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 (36 percent) and placing a bet on e-Sports (32 percent) 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.
Playing National Lottery scratchcards was also the most likely gambling activity for young people to take part in with their parents, carers or guardians in 2022. Playing casino games online was also the most likely gambling activity for young people to take part in alone in 2022, however the second most likely activity for young people to take part in alone was playing bingo online.Previous section
Why young people do not gamble
Last updated: 16 November 2023
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