UK Reporting Problem Gambling Decline In 2018

Published March 10, 2019 by Sol FH

UK Reporting Problem Gambling Decline In 2018

The UK Gaming Commission reports only 0.5 percent of gamblers classified as having problematic gambling habits.

In a new report released by the UK Gambling Commission, problem gambling is on the decline. The Commission, responsible for England, Scotland, and Wales came to this statistic after its annual investigation into all forms of gambling - land-based, online, etc. They based their evidence after a survey of 4,009 residents of the UK and used the Problem Gambling Severity Index (PSGI) for reference. 

Although the 0.5% drop is not a landslide from the previous year (down 0.1% from 2017), it shows that campaigns to help problem gamblers are working. The highest rate of problematic gambling occurs among males aged 35 to 44, but that number has also dropped over the last few years. Even the younger generation aged between 16 to 24 dropped from 1.0% to 0.9% in 2017.  

Overall, the survey participants showed an increase in general gambling with 45.8% of those surveyed saying that they had gambled over the four weeks before their interviews. Men again were more active with 50.8% admitting to gambling over the last four weeks compared to 40.9% of women. 

Lottery and Sports Gambling Reign Supreme

Lottery games in the UK remained the most popular and common forms of gambling, and 27.6% of the survey participants said that they had gambled on the UK National Lottery, not to mention other lottery games. Online gambling was on the rise in popularity among 25 to 34-year-olds, and 18.5% of those surveyed said that they have used iGaming offerings. Online sports betting also saw an increase in popularity as a whopping 72.8% said that they had wagered on a sports event online. 

Self-exclusion services, which are offered by operators have also been taken to heart by many online players, as 41% of the survey participants claimed that they were aware of self-exclusion options, which was a 6% increase from 2017. 

The report paints a good picture of how a responsible gaming industry looks like and that the UK Gambling Commission is on top of the regulation. 


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