Young People and Gambling 2016

Abstract

The latest annual survey by the Gambling Commission to identify the incidence and frequency of gambling among young people in England and Wales indicates that 11-15 year olds’ claimed rate of gambling has remained relatively static over time.
Overall, 16% of 11-15 year olds spent their own money on a gambling activity in the week prior to taking part in the study – a figure that has remained in the 15-17% range since 2013, having fallen from a peak of 23% in 2011.
The most popular forms of gambling continue to be fruit machines (5%), placing a private bet with friends (5%), playing cards for money with friends (4%), and National Lottery scratchcards (4%). In total, 8% of 11-15 year olds had gambled on a commercial premises in the last week, and 8% had played games for money with friends.
Gambling in the past week is twice as prevalent among boys (21%) as among girls (11%).

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