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Last year the Gambling Commission made a call to action to the pub industry, after test purchasing found that 88 per cent of pubs in England failed to prevent children accessing 18+ gaming machines.


In October, the Gambling Commission called on the pub industry again to take faster action to continue to protect under 18’s from playing fruit machines in pubs. Tis year’s survey reports that of the 26 per cent of 11-16 years olds who say they have ever spent their own money on fruit or slot machines, 11 per cent did so in a pub which is down from 21 per cent in 2018.


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11 per cent of 11-16 year olds say they spent their own money on gambling activities in the seven days prior to taking part in the survey. Tis is down from 14 per cent in 2018.


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Five per cent of 11-16 year olds say they have placed a private bet for money (e.g. with friends) in the past seven days, with a further three per cent playing cards for money with friends in the past seven days.


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Four per cent of 11-16 year olds report playing on fruit or slot machines in the past seven days.


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Tree per cent of 11- 16 year olds say they have played National Lottery scratchcards and two per cent say they have played the Lotto (the main National Lottery) draw in the past seven days.


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Young people who say they have gambled in the past seven days spent an average of £17 on gambling during this period.


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Over the past 12 months, 36 per cent of 11-16 year olds say they have spent their money on gambling, down from 39 per cent in 2018.


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Seven per cent claimed to have gambled online ever.


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Five per cent of 11-16 year olds say they have played National Lottery games online, and/or other gambling websites using their parents account, with their permission.


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12 per cent of 11-16 year olds say they have played an online gambling-style game. 47 per cent of those who played an online gambling- style game, did so through an app.


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69 per cent 11-16 year olds say they have seen or heard gambling adverts or sponsorship with 83 per cent of those saying that it had not prompted them to gamble.


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11 per cent of 11 -16 year olds say they have ever received direct marketing from companies about gambling.


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52 per cent of young people say they have heard of in game items, of which 44 per cent who say they have paid money to open loot boxes to get other in game items within the game they were playing, and 6 per cent said that they have bet with in-game items either with friends or through unlicensed third party sites (so called ‘skins’ gambling).


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Of those that have paid for money to open loot boxes/crates/packs and remember where they got the money from 49 per cent spent money that they received for birthday or Christmas presents, with 34 per cent saying the money was given to them by


parents/relatives to specifically buy loot boxes/crates/packs.


1.7 per cent of 11-16 year olds are classified as ‘problem’ gamblers, 2.7 per cent as ‘at risk, using the DSM-IV-MR-J-screen. In 2018, 1.7 per cent of 11-16 year olds were classified as ‘problem gamblers’ and 2.2 per cent were classified as ‘at risk’. Te 2019 results do not represent a significant increase over time.


60 per cent feel well informed about the risks of gambling and 59 per cent agree that gambling is dangerous and only seven per cent agree that it is OK for someone their age to gamble once a week.


l 50 per cent of respondents said that someone


had spoken to them about the problems that gambling can lead to, with the conversation typically taking place with a parent (34 per cent) or teacher (19 per cent).


l 23 per cent of 11-16 year olds say that their


parents do set rules about gambling, with 20 per cent saying parents/guardians don’t set rules about gambling.


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74 per cent of 11-16 year olds say they know who they would go to for help if they had problems with gambling.


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11 per cent of 11 -16 years olds say they have gambled in the past seven days. Tis is compared to 16 per cent who said they had drunk an alcoholic drink in the past week, seven per cent who had used an e-cigarette, six per cent who had smoked a tobacco cigarette and five per cent of the participants in the survey had taken illegal drugs (including cannabis).


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