Gambling in Britain: the latest survey evidence

Gambling Commission logoTwo thirds of the British public (68%) gambled in the past year, according to an authoritative survey of over 9,000 people, conducted by the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen), the University of Birmingham and Nottingham Trent University.

View the press release from the Gambling Commission website and see the links to the full report, executive summary, details of methodological issues and comparisons with other countries, as well as British data from 1999.

The most popular activity was the National Lottery Draw with 57% of people purchasing National Lottery tickets. Half the population (48%) gambled on something other than the National Lottery Draw, notably scratchcards (20%), horse races (17%) and slot machines (14%).

Gambling is clearly a widespread activity. But while it is a recreational pursuit for most people, a small minority have problems with their gambling. The survey indicates that more than a quarter of a million adults in Britain are ‘problem gamblers’ – gambling in a way that is damaging to their family or personal life.

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