Homelessness and gambling: A complex relationship


Gambling is a popular pastime in the UK, and worldwide. Approximately 73% of UK adults gambled in the 12 months prior to the last BGPS, (British Gambling Prevalence Survey, Wardle et al, 2011) –over 35 million adults.
Using the Problem Gambling Severity Index, the BGPS reported around 0.7 % of the population gambled in a way that is considered clinically disordered. However as the BGPS is a postal survey to private address, it does not include the homeless population.

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