UKGC: Women Are Gambling Online More, Says Study

By Ralph Trayfalgar, Updated:

According to a recent study from the UK Gambling Commission, women are gambling on UK casinos online more in recent times. 

It was discovered in the survey that 42 percent of women in the United Kingdom have engaged in some type of gambling in the previous four weeks.

The National Lottery was found to be the most popular type of gambling for females, with scratch cards and bingo also making an appearance on the list. However, the trend of placing lottery bets online has expanded in recent years, and female bettors, particularly those over the age of 35, are increasingly participating in other types of online gambling.

Though the UKGC argues that women of “all ages” are becoming more interested in gambling, women between the ages of 35 and 54 continue to be the most active group. Aside from that, the rate of online gambling among this demographic has climbed by 8% between 2017 and 2021. Younger women, on the other hand, are more inclined to gamble in a more private setting.

According to new research by GambleAware, up to 1 million British females might be in danger of gambling-related harm as the number of people who participate in online casino games and online bingo increases throughout the winter months, according to the report.

The vast majority of females do not even seek therapy, with two out of every five refusing to do so due to embarrassment and stigmatization. Additionally, between December and March, online gambling activity increases by around 29 percent, which is why GambleAware believes that the threat is most severe during the winter months.

Liz Karter, a specialist in female gambling addiction in the United Kingdom, has indicated that female gambling addiction expresses itself in a different way than a male gambling addiction.

When speaking about safer gaming, the UKGC stated that the gambling risk rate among women is between 0.2 percent and 0.9 percent, but the rate among males is 1.4 percent. The UKGC has announced that it will do further study on the impact of gambling on women's mental health and that the poll would be conducted on a more frequent basis in the future.

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