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Participation in gambling in the Great Britain 2016-2019

The Gambling Commission
The Gambling Commission was established under the Gambling Act 2005 to regulate gambling in Great Britain through the operationalization of their primary objectives: to ensure that gambling is conducted fairly and openly, whilst reducing gambling related crime and protecting vulnerable people from being harmed or exploited by gambling; to advise the government on the impact of gambling and its regulation; and to ensure that National Lottery good causes are maximized.

Problem Gambling
Gambling is an important cultural component within British society however it is becoming an increasingly controversial subject of public health and policy interest. To assist the development of effective policy that minimizes gambling-related harm the Gambling Commission collect data on gambling both in terms of information about the consumer and about the method and frequency with which they gamble and publish this information in the annual Gambling participation and problem gamblingreport. The report includes data on participation in gambling activities in the past four weeks, online gambling behavior, awareness of gambling management tools and perceptions and attitudes towards gambling and data on the prevalence of problem, moderate-risk and low-risk gambling within Great Britain.

Age distribution
This statistic presents the share of gambling participants in the United Kingdom (UK) from 2016 to 2019, by age. The age groups within which the greatest share of respondents have participated in gambling were those aged between either 45-54 or 35-44, with 52.8 percent of 45-54 year olds and 50.5 percent of 35-44 year olds having gambled in the past four weeks. Although those in the youngest age group had the lowest gambling participation levels with only 40.4 percent of 16-24 year olds having gambled in the past four weeks, this level of participation represents a considerable increase from 35 percent in 2017 and 36.1 percent in 2018.

Share of gambling participants in Great Britain from 2016 to 2019, by age

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Release date

February 2020


United Kingdom

Survey time period

December 2016 to December 2019

Age group

18 years and older

Method of interview

Omnibus survey

Supplementary notes

Source notes survey questions related to respondents' gambling participation in the past four weeks.

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