New research suggests 16-24 year-olds four times as likely to suffer from ‘problem gambling’

A fresh survey conducted by the UK Gambling Commission suggests ‘problem gambling’ is most prevalent in 16-24 year-olds, who suffer at around four times the national average.

The research found problem gambling continued to affect around 0.2% of the population in the six months leading up to June 2022, which is consistent with the previous six months.

The figure could even be considered an improvement after that rate was recorded at 0.4 in the same period the previous year.

However, the 16-24 year-old age group indicated 0.8% of people in that demographic suffer from problem gambling, with bookmakers becoming increasingly accessible in the mobile betting age.

Conversely, the 35-44 year-old age group moved in the opposite direction as problem gambling dropped to 0.2% among their number after it was recorded at 0.8% in 2021.

Men continue to be the more likely gender to be affected by problem gambling, though it’s encouraging problem gambling fell to 0.3% in the latest survey, which is half last year’s rate.