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Over Half UK Adults Gamble

by Glenn Baird - December 4, 2019

A survey of over 10,000 adults and children in the UK revealed that over half the adults involved admitted to having gambled at some point during 2018.

In a survey detailing lifestyle choices 53% of the adults taking part claimed to have taken part in some form of gambling last year.

When figures not involving the National Lottery were taken into account, that number dropped to 39% and when only males aged between 25 and 34 were considered the number rose to 56%.

A total of 15% of men had taken part in some form of online gambling in 2018, compared to 4% of women.

The survey also concluded that men aged 16-24 were most likely to be considered problem gamblers, with 1.6% of that overall demographic falling classed in this way, whilst only 0.4% of everyone surveyed would be considered a problem gambler.

NHS CEO Simon Stevens said: “These new stats are a stark reminder of how common gambling is in our society and how easy it is to become addicted, particularly with the aggressive push into online gambling.

“It is high time that all these firms who spend many millions on marketing and advertising step up to the plate and take their responsibilities seriously.”

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland sits to the north-west of mainland Europe. The United Kingdom shares a border with The Republic of Ireland and has coasts on the Atlantic Ocean, Celtic Sea, North Sea, Irish Sea and English Channel. The population of the UK is approaching the 67.6 million mark leading to a fairly densely populated land mass. The gambling sector in the United Kingdom is entirely regulated and licensed by the UKGC – the United Kingdom Gambling Commission. Should players resident In the UK wish to gamble with foreign based operators there is no history of this being treated as a criminal offence, but high levels of protection exist for UK residents playing with UK licensed operators.


The above information is what we believe to be the the legal status of online gambling, however information on this topic is limited and hard to find. We accept no liability for any errors or ommissions. It is the reader’s responsibility to ensure that they know the legality of online gambling in their country before engaging with any online gambling service.