A new survey on the gambling habits of the UK has been released to coincide with Responsible Gambling Week, which runs from November 7 to 13.
The survey was run by well-known polling firm YouGov and commissioned by the Industry Group For Responsible Gambling (IGRG). For the survey, over 2,000 adults were asked about their gambling habits over the previous year.
Of those asked, only 10% said that they would consider themselves to be gamblers, although one in two said they bought lottery tickets. One in three people surveyed said they had bought scratch cards and one in five had bet on a sporting event in the previous year.
The survey also showed a clear division between two types of gambling. Around 42% of those surveyed said that playing gaming machines in arcades did not count as gambling, while 40% said the same of playing bingo. A third of people said that lottery tickets were not gambling and just under 30% said that they didn’t regard scratch cards as gambling.
There were also important findings for the gambling industry. Of those surveyed, 35% said they wanted to receive information about safer gambling before they gambled. And 59% of people said that they a campaign to promote safer gambling was more important than efforts to promote responsible drinking, healthy eating or safe sex.
Speaking about the findings, the chair of the IGRG, John Hagan, said that the evidence showed that there was a public will for more efforts to promote safer gambling:
“Most people gamble responsibly and purely for enjoyment, but we want safer gambling messages, such as setting time limits or spending limits, to become as instinctive as putting on a seatbelt when you get into your car.”