UKGC Release Latest Health Survey Statistics

September 18, 2018

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The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) have published their ‘combined Health Survey’, providing insight into gambling habits using data provided by independent non-profit organisation NatCen Social Research.

The Health Survey focuses on three key areas of research; gambling participation, risk rates and problem-gambling rates across the UK. This was facilitated by data gathered from public health records drawn during 2016. The UKGC’s executive summary states:

“The main aims and objectives of this report are: to describe the prevalence of gambling participation, frequency of gambling participation, the prevalence of low risk, moderate risk and problem gambling; to explore characteristics associated with gambling participation, frequent gambling, low risk, moderate risk and problem gambling.”

The study found that 57% of British adults aged 16 had gambled in the past year, demonstrating a 6% reduction when compared to 2015 figures.

The National Lottery and its associated products such as scratchcards are still the nation’s most popular form of gambling, with National Lottery draws (41%), and scratchcards (21%) accounting for the lion’s share of participation.


The study also found that gambling participation outside of National Lottery draws was at its highest among those between the ages of 25 and 34.

When it came to the UK’s ‘gambling risk’ rates, the study demonstrated that 2.4% of people surveyed were classed as low-risk gamblers, while 1.1% of people classed as moderate risk gamblers.

The UKGC classifies problem-gambling as a mental disorder which ‘compromises, disrupts or damages family, personal or recreational pursuits’ within the report. In 2016, 1.2% of gamblers were classified as problem gamblers (that’s 0.7% of the overall population).

“The Health Survey, along with all of our evidence and data, indicates that the problem gambling rate in Great Britain is stable,” said the Gambling Commission’s Executive director, Tim Miller. “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.

“Understanding the level of problem gambling is an important part of making gambling safer, but what this data won’t show is the extent of the harm someone may be experiencing, or the wider impact upon their families and their communities.”

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