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Levels of problem gambling in Scotland

We include a series of questions on gambling in the Health Survey for Scotland which is published by the Scottish Government.

Gambling behaviour is increasingly a subject of public health and policy interest. This survey provides a detailed picture of the health of the Scottish population in private households and is designed to make a major contribution to the monitoring of health in Scotland.

Around 4,000 adults are interviewed for the survey.

Headline findings of Scottish health survey 2016

66%

of people in Scotland  gambled (67.8% in 2015)

49%

of people in Scotland (excluding those who had only played National Lottery draws) gambled in 2016 (49% in 2015)   

12%

of people in Scotland (excluding those who had only played National Lottery draws) had gambled online (12% in 2015)

1%

of people in Scotland identified as problem gamblers (0.7% in 2015)

3.6%

of people in Scotland are at low or moderate risk of developing problems with their gambling (4% in 2015)

1.3%

of gamblers in Scotland identified as problem gamblers (1% in 2015)

4.9%

of gamblers in Scotland are at low or moderate risk of developing problems with their gambling (5.5% in 2015)

The Health Survey for England, which will include participation and problem gambling statistics, is due to be published in early 2018. This will be followed by a combined report covering England, Scotland and Wales.

 

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Participation in gambling and rates of problem gambling - Scotland

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