On September 6th, the UK Gambling Commission published the results of a research conducted in 2016 related to problem gambling. According to Commission’s Combined Health Survey, problem gamblers account for 0.7% of the population. Taking into account the results from 2012 (0.6%) and 2015 (0.8%), the gambling rate is stable.
“The Health Survey, along with all of our evidence and data, indicates that the problem gambling rate in Great Britain is stable. However, we want to see a sustained and significant reduction in the levels of problem gambling and will continue to drive the industry to build momentum towards this goal,” said UKGC Executive Director, Tim Miller.
The survey also showed that 2.4% of people in the UK fall into the category of low risk gamblers. Additionally, the research classified 1.1% of people as moderate risk gamblers.
It’s interesting that the number of UK adults engaging in gambling activities has dropped compared to 2015. In 2016, 57% of UK adults gambled in the past year, which is 6% less than in 2015. When it comes to the most popular gambling activities, the National Lottery draws were the number one choice for all age groups except for people between 16 and 24 years, whose favourite gambling activities were scratchcards.
The research also showed a connection between gambling and alcohol consumption. When it comes to non-drinkers, only 36% of them gambled in the past year. This rate was significantly higher with those who drank up to 14 units of alcohol on a weekly basis (59%). However, the highest rate was amongst those who drank more than 14 units of alcohol week to week (69%).
The results are in. We expect to see increased efforts from UK PayPal casinos and sports betting operators in making gambling safe and fun.