New Study Finds That Nearly Half of British Adults Enjoy Gambling

In the UK, a new study from the Gambling Commission’s regulators has found that 2016 saw the average rate of gambling among adults increase by 3.6% year-on-year to stand at 48.4% with tickets to the National Lottery remaining form the most popular of gambling.

A telephone and online investigation with London-based consultancy Populus, found that some 52.6% of all male respondents had participated in gambling in the four weeks leading up to it being surveyed, which is an increase of 3.5% year-on. -years, while the female rate stands at 44.3%.

“This report presents an annual forecast of gambling behavior in [UK] in 2016 and is a regular tracker of the Gambling Commission’s gambling participation,” reads a statement from the Gambling Commission. “The dataset covers rates for the last four weeks of participation, estimates of gambling problems, online gambling behavior and perceptions and attitudes to gambling.”

The Gambling Commission revealed that the survey, which asked about 3,000 random adults each quarter about their gambling habits, additionally found that those aged 55-64 were the most likely to have gambled at 52.7% followed by people between the ages of 45 and 54 at 52.6%.

In terms of what gamblers are betting on, an saw the National Lottery send a 2.3% year-over-year drop to 30% while gaming machine shop bets saw their percentage increase by 0.5% to 1.5%. But, the biggest swell was reported online where the rate rose by 2.8% to stand at 17.3% with 35.3% of respondents stating that they had bet at least once a week.

“The National Lottery draw remains the most popular activity, followed by scratchcards and other lotteries,” reads a statement from the Gambling Commission. “There has been a notable rise in both sportsbetting and private betting likely to be boosted by the 2016 UEFA European Football Championships and the 2016 Rio Olympics. Seventeen percent of people have been gambling online with the younger age group seeing the biggest increase in participation. betting, lottery and casino gaming activities have seen an increase in online participation. The rates for playing bingo in-person have increased. ”

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In terms of online gambling, a Gambling Commission investigation states that 55% of all players have used their laptop computers, which is a 6% year-on-year decline, while around 43% have relied on handheld devices.

“An estimated 0.7% of people identified as problem correspond to the short form Problem Gambling Severity Index with over 5.5% identifying as low or moderate risk,” reads a statement from the Gambling Commission.