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December 18th 2013

The Gambling Commission Publishes the Health Survey for England

The Gambling Commission commissioned a chapter on gambling in the Health Survey for England which was published on 18 December 2013 by the NHS Information Centre. The full report can be accessed here.

Chapter 7 in the Health Survey for England shows that 68% of men and 61% of women in England gambled in the past year. This equates to almost 28 million individuals participating in some form of gambling over the past year. Excluding National Lottery only players, participation in gambling was 46% for men and 40% for women.

The problem gambling rate for England was measured against two internationally recognised screens – it was 0.8% for men and 0.2% for women by the DSM-IV measure and 0.6% for men and 0.1% for women by the PGSI measure. Overall the problem gambling rate was 0.5% by the DSM-IV measure and 0.4% by the PGSI measure.

The data from the Scottish Health Survey and the Health Survey for England will be used to produce an authoritative combined report on the prevalence of gambling and problem gambling in Great Britain as a whole. This will be published in 2014 with data that will be directly comparable with the BGPS 2010.

 

Monday 25th November

Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Bill Committee Stage Report Published

The House of Commons has published the Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Bill Committee stage report it can be downloaded here

 

Tuesday 19th November

Ofcom Publishes Research on TV Gambling Adverts

Ofcom has published audience research into gambling advertising on television.

Ofcom commissioned analysis earlier this year to look at the volume, scheduling, frequency and exposure of gambling advertising on UK television.

Ofcom initiated this research to help inform it about how television gambling advertising has changed since the market was liberalised by Parliament in 2007. This supports Ofcom’s role in monitoring and understanding the markets it regulates.

The research is based on analysis of BARB viewing data and categorises gambling adverts into four types: online casino and poker services; sports betting; bingo; and lotteries and scratch cards.

 

Tuesday 12th November

NCF Gives Evidence to the HoC Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Bill Committee

NCF director Roy Ramm gives evidence to the HoC Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Bill Committee along side The British Horseracing Authority and The Sports Betting Group (session starts 10:15:36). Watch it here

The second session of the day can be watched here

 

Tuesday 24th September

Scottish Government Publishes the Scottish Health Survey

The largest ever survey of gambling activity in Scotland was published on 24 September 2013 as part of the Scottish Health Survey 2012.

The Health Survey, published by the Scottish Government, includes a chapter on gambling for the first time.  The data provides the most robust information to date on gambling participation and problem gambling in Scotland and is a useful baseline for any future changes in gambling activity in Scotland.

The Gambling Commission has also commissioned a chapter on gambling in the Health Survey for England which was published on 18 December, 2013.  The data from both these Surveys will be used to produce an authoritative combined report on the prevalence of gambling and problem gambling in Great Britain as a whole. This will be published in 2014 with data that will be directly comparable with the BGPS 2010.

The chapter in the Scottish Health Survey shows that 70% of adults in Scotland gambled in the past year. This equates to just over 3 million adults participating in some form of gambling over the past year. Excluding National Lottery only players, participation in gambling was 45%.

The problem gambling rate for Scotland was measured against two internationally recognised screens – it was 0.7% by the DSM-IV measure and 0.7% by the PGSI measure.  This equates to around 31,000 individuals in Scotland.

The survey used a range of behavioural characteristics to explore factors associated with problem gambling, including a hazardous or harmful drinking behaviours measure (using AUDIT – the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test score) and mental ill-health status (using the GHQ12 – the General Health Questionnaire).