Young People and Gambling 2016 A research study among 11-15 year olds in England and Wales November 2016
Av: Gambling Commission
- The overall rate of gambling among 11-15 year olds has remained relatively static over time, whilst smoking, drinking alcohol and drug taking has seen a decline.
- The proportion of 12-15 year olds classified as problem gamblers is 0.4%, a similar figure to the previous year.
- Gambling in the week prior to taking part in the study was twice as prevalent among boys (21%) than among girls (11%).
- 75% of 11-15 year olds have seen gambling advertisements on TV and 63% have seen these on social media websites.
- Of those surveyed, almost 60% agreed that ‘gambling is dangerous’.
- The most popular forms of gambling continue to be fruit machines, placing a private bet with friends and National Lottery scratchcards.
- 8% of 11-15 year olds had gambled on a commercial premises in the last week, including betting shops, bingo halls and arcades.
- Of those who played the National Lottery, the tickets/scratchcards were typically purchased by a parent/guardian.
- 3% of 11-15 year olds have at some point spent their own money on online gambling.
- 6% have at some point gambled online using their parents’ accounts (either with or without permission).