Ther are 24 million gamblers in the United Kingdom.
The UK government official figures say that 0.7% of the population are addicted to gambling. That might sound like a small figure but actually that’s approximately 430,000 people! What’s more academics, including some of those who came to this figure, think it is conservative and understates the real problem.
Why is that? Well one reason is that the UK has the largest online gambling market in the world. Many of the restrictions that are placed on high street betting shops and all physical bookies don’t apply to online gambling sites who are free to encourage problem gamblers to spend more and more.
In one study of online games, just 4% of the total players created 78% of revenues!