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We recommend that section 3 of the Gambling Act 2005 should be amended to give Ministers a power, analogous to that in section 6(6), to specify by regulations that any activity which in their view has the characteristics of gambling should be treated as gambling for the purposes of the Act. Underage gambling and problem gambling

We received conflicting evidence about the links between early-onset gambling and problem gambling. In oral evidence in September 2019 Mr Waugh stated: “I think it was a finding from the British Gambling Prevalence Survey that problem gamblers have, on average, an age of initiation in gambling about two years younger than non-problem gamblers, so we ought to be concerned about youth gambling not simply for what happens to children when they are children but what happens when they grow up.”

The British Gambling Prevalence Study also found that problem gambling prevalence was significantly higher among those who reported that they were 15 or under the first time that they ever gambled (1.6%) than those who were 22 or over (0.6%).472 However, Mr Waugh also referred to research that questioned the link between childhood gambling and problem gambling: “There was one study in 2011 around problem gambling among adolescents in Great Britain by Professors Forrest and McHale.

They looked at whether there was any correlation between problem gambling among children and seaside towns and they found no correlation. They found if you lived in a seaside town, children were more likely to gamble but not any more likely to be problem gamblers.” 473


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