The 2018-19 My Health My School survey asked Leeds pupils questions about gambling behaviour for the first time. The survey told us that 24% of secondary aged pupils had taken part in gambling activity (higher than smoking, drugs, but lower than alcohol). 32% of post-16 pupils surveyed had taken part in gambling (higher than drugs, but lower than alcohol and smoking).
National research estimates that between 1-2% of young people may qualify for a ‘gambling disorder’ diagnosis. That figure is similar to, or sometimes even higher than, the proportion of adults with gambling disorder. It is reassuring to know that a small proportion of Leeds pupils (0.4%) said they worry about gambling compared to other issues such as money problems (2.5%).
The most common form of gambling amongst secondary aged pupils were:
- 21% via gaming or skin gambling
- 20% bingo
- 19% betting on sporting events
The most common form of gambling for the post-16 year groups were:
- 24% national lottery scratch cards.
- 18% placing a private bet with friends
- 17% betting on sporting events
The survey was repeated in 2019-20. Despite a much smaller number of pupils completing the survey due to Covid and school closures, the results stayed roughly the same.
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