Levels of problem gambling in England
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We commission a chapter on gambling in the Health Survey for England which is published by NHS Digital (opens in new tab) (formerly the NHS Information Centre).
Gambling behaviour is increasingly a subject of public health and policy interest. This is an important annual survey looking at changes in the health and lifestyles of people all over the country.
Around 6,000 adults took part in the survey in 2021.
The findings of the health survey are based on a set of specific questions and interviews which initially were conducted face to face in the homes of respondents. Since the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic the data collection mode has changed to remote telephone and video interviews. The gambling questions are asked via a short paper self-completion questionnaire administered alongside the core health survey questionnaire.
Headline findings from the Health Survey for England 2021
- 50 percent of people in England gambled in 2021.
- 36 percent of people in England (excluding those who had only played National Lottery draws) gambled in 2021.
- 0.4 percent of people in England identified as problem gamblers (according to the Problem Gambling Severity Index (PGSI) or DSM-IV1).
- 2.5 percent of people in England were at low or moderate risk of developing problems with their gambling.