Exploiting addicts: new research on the UK gambling industry

Abstract

A sister piece to The gambler's tale. In research for the The Friend magazine, I attempt to shed some light on this question using recent data from the Living Costs and Food Survey (LCF), a survey of household expenditure patterns conducted on approximately 6,000 households per year.In 2008-9 (the most recent two-year period for which data have been published), 46 per cent of households spent anything at all on gambling during the fortnightly diary period for which their expenditure details were recorded, whereas 54 per cent were non-gamblers. This is a decline from the start of the last decade; in 2001, 60 per cent of households in the LCF survey spent something on gambling.

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