One in Eight Teenage Boys Are Regular Gamblers Claims Report
A GambleAware report has stated that One in Eight Teenage Boys Are Regular Gamblers. This number increases to 20% by the age of 20 according to a study conducted by a Bristol University study which tracked more than 3,000 young people from the age of 17 to 24.
The number of people who bet at least once a week on scratchcards, online gambling sites, private betting or on the lottery drops to 17% in the 24years and older age groups.
In the survey, 54% of 17-year-olds said they had gambled at least once in the past year. This number is 68% for twenty-year-olds and drops slightly to 66% for 24-year-olds.
Leading the study was Alan Emond, emeritus professor of child health at the Centre for Academic Child Health at Bristol Medical School. Emond said the youngsters gambling habits were influenced through parental gambling and social media. In offering a solution, Emond said;
To protect these vulnerable young people from gambling harm requires a combination of education, legislation and appropriate treatment services.– Alan Emond, professor of child health.
The research also showed that youngsters who placed bets were much more likely to display risky behaviour. The study showed that regular gamblers had lower wellbeing scores and were twice as likely to smoke cigarettes daily and drink alcohol weekly.
Figures for young women was a lot lower than that for young men. The number of women who betted online was 0.8 per cent at age 17 to four per cent at age 20, and 11 per cent at 24.
Marc Etches, chief executive of GambleAware, said the charity was concerned and wanted to protect children and young people. He added that youngsters were “growing up in a world where technology makes gambling, and gambling-like activity, much more accessible”. The CEO also pointed out the role social media plays by stating that “One in eight 11 to 16-year-olds are reported as following gambling businesses on social media”.
Data used in the report was obtained from the ‘children of the 90’s’ study, which was set up in 1991. For the survey 14,500 pregnant women from the Bristol area were recruited and those involved have been recording their health, plus that of their children ever since. Earlier this year, the University of Bristol announced they had secured additional funding of £8.2 million. The money that was provided jointly from the Medical Research Council and Wellcome Trust will enable the continuation of the project for an additional five years.