UK Gambling Commission Survey Reveals Problem Gambling Most Prevalent in 16-24 Year Olds
The UK Gambling Commission has released the findings of a quarterly survey revealing that problem gambling remained at 0.2% for the six months to June 2022.
Problem gambling rate of 0.8% in 16-24 year olds
The Commission surveyed 4,018 participants through phone interviews and based its findings on the Problem Gambling Severity Index (PGSI). This index asks three questions of participants who have gambled in the last 12 months and is used to determine the rate of problem gambling per head of the population.
The latest figure of 0.2% is considered stable as it has dropped from the 0.4% reported in the same period in 2021. The survey found that problem gambling among males dropped to 0.3% from 0.6% in the same period in 2021. Problem gambling among females remained stagnant at 0.1%.
Problem gambling was highest among the 16-24 year old group at 0.8%, up from 0.4% in 2021. Meanwhile the 35-44 year old age group which is historically the group with the highest rate of problem gambling dropped from 0.8% in 2021 to 0.2% in the latest survey.
According to the data, 42.9% of all participants gambled at least once in the four weeks prior to the survey while 25.8% had gambled online in the same period. Of all those surveyed, 45-54 year olds were found to be the most active. 49.1% of this group had gambled in the previous four weeks while 33.2% had gambled online.
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