UK’S MOST POPULAR FORMS OF GAMBLING

Published on January 8, 2014 in Industry News

Healthcare Information (HCIC) has announced its findings, revealed in their 2013 annual health survey, that the UK's National Lottery is the nation's single most popular gambling outlet.

The survey inquired about a wide range of different gambling types, from scratch cards, to horse racing, UK online gambling and the UK National Lottery. The latter came out on top, with 49% of women and 56% of men telling HCIC that they've purchased a lottery ticket at some point in the last year.

Overall, 40% of women and 46% of men had engaged in another type of gambling, other than the UK National Lottery in the past year. Other HCIC findings include:

61% of women gambled in the past 12 months.

68% of men had gambled in the past 12 months.

The average man took part in 1.7 different types of gambling in 2013.

The average woman took part in 1.2 different types of gambling in 2013.

1% of women and 4% of men took part in seven or more different types of gambling over the last 12 months. The West Midlands and the North East regions were the most popular gambling areas, whereas the South West region and the London area saw less gambling activity.

Notably, the HCIC's annual survey found that UK natives were more likely to take part in gambling, from UK online gambling, to the UK National Lottery and beyond.

HCIC's report also included information from the Problem Gambling Severity Index (PGSI). It was indicated that 0.1% of women and 0.6% of men had sought help for addictive gambling behaviours in the past year.