The Gambling Commission is the regulator of gambling activity in Great Britain. They carry out regular surveys to find out what people’s views are on gambling and what activities people take part in. The Covid-19 pandemic caused changes in gambling participation as most ‘land based’ gambling, such as betting shops and casinos, were forced to close. As a result, more people started gambling online (24%, up from 21% in 2019).
In 2019, the Gambling Commission telephone survey with over 4,000 adults found the following:
- The National Lottery draws remain the most popular gambling activity (30%), followed by other lotteries and scratchcards.
- 10% of people took part in betting over the past 4 weeks, mostly on football and horse racing.
- Esports betting is growing year on year especially among the 18-24 year old group (17%).
- 21% of people gambled online. Amongst the 18-24 age group, 76% used their mobile phone and 22% gambled in the workplace.
- Online gamblers have an average of 3 online accounts.
- Only 1 in 5 gamblers have read the terms and conditions.
- Only 29% of people thought that gambling was fair and can be trusted.
Tips for safer gambling
- Gambling when feeling low, angry or upset may cause you to take risks that you regret later.
- A combination of gambling, drink and/or drugs will make you less able to make rational decisions.
- It’s time to talk if gambling starts to interfere with your personal relationships.
- Set your limits for time and money and stick to them
Gambling is not a way to make money – the house always wins!
Self help information
Practical tools and resources to help people affected by gambling.Go to GamCare
Are you a parent or carer?
If you’re looking for more information to support a young person you care for with their mental health, visit our parent and carers page.