The UK Gambling Commission has released the new stats for gambling in the UK, offering up an interesting look into how the British gambling industry. The report is based on data collected from the Health Survey for England (HSE) and the Scottish Health Survey (SHeS) from 2015.
Some information the report found:
- An average of 63% of adults had gambled in the past year – 66% of men and 59% of women.
- The National Lottery is the most popular gambling activity, making up 46% of all gambling in the UK. Scratch cards came in second with 23%.
- Scotland is the region with the highest percentage of gamblers in the UK, with 68%. London has the lowest, with 52%.
- National Lottery draws were more popular with adults in the middle age groups.
- Online gambling, including online bingo, was most popular with younger age groups, from 18-35 years old.
- Younger gamblers were more likely to be deemed ‘at risk’ than older gamblers.
- 0.8% of adults were identified as problem gamblers.
- Men are more likely to be problem gamblers than women – 1.5% men are problem gamblers, compared to 0.2% of women.
- Women are more likely to play bingo in a hall rather than online.
- Problem gambling has risen by 0.2% (from 0.6% to 0.8% of all UK adults) since 2012.
The full report can be seen here.
Sources: UK Gambling Commission, Online Bingo UK