Overall UK Gambling Participation Drops in 2013

Despite the fact that there was a slight rise in the percentage of UK players playing online during last year it would appear as though the overall level of gambling participation in that country has dropped over the course of 2013.

The UK Gambling Commission recently released figures that reveal that 55 per cent of survey respondents had participated in at least one type of gambling in the previous four weeks, which is 2 percent lower than 2012.

Most of the survey respondents that participated in gambling were male, comprising 60 per cent and appeared to be older. Approximately 62 per cent of respondents between the ages of 55-64 years revealed that they had gambled while 59 per cent of respondents aged 45-54 years old made up the second largest group.

The number of respondents who had participated in at least one type of online gambling rose from 14 per cent in 2012 to an average of 15 percent over the course of 2013 while 19 per cent of males gambled online compared to 11 per cent of females.

The survey also revealed that a total of 73 per cent of gamblers played only through land based and retail venues while a further 16 per cent played online as well as in person and a further 11 per cent only played online.

Participation in the National Lottery fell from 46 per cent in 2012 to 43 per cent at the end of last year. The second most popular form of gambling activity proved to be other lotteries with 13 per cent of respondents playing while 10 per cent revealed that they gambled with scratch cards.