The UK Gambling Commission has published the results of a 2012 survey which claims that problem gambling reports have dropped in England, this coming despite a rise in overall gambling participation.
According to the survey, 28 million people in England gambled within the last year, accounting for 65% of the adult population. If lottery numbers are excluded from that poll, only 43% of residents gambled in the last year.
The new number of estimated problem gamblers in the country is thought to be 0.5% according to the survey, which is the lowest number in recent years. The same surveys revealed a 0.9% rate in 2010 and a 0.6% rate in 2007.
The survey consisted of 8,000 punters over the age of 16, who were interviewed in person about their gambling patterns. The numbers also fall in line with other surveys, which broadcast similar numbers.
Commenting on the results, Rebekah Eden of the UK Gambling Commission said, “The figures suggest that fewer people are experiencing gambling problems directly, but that there are groups of the population where the risks remain significantly greater. This puts even greater emphasis on the industry finding ways to identify people who are suffering problems or who are at risk, and intervening effectively.”