A new report by the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has revealed that gambling participation by young people in Great Britain has increased in the past year.

The latest annual survey to explore gambling behaviour among young people found that 14 per cent of 11-16 year olds had spent their own money gambling in the past week, up from 12 per cent last year.

The UKGC noted however that this was still relatively low by historical standards, compared to the 23 per cent gambling participation rate of 11-15 year olds in 2011.

Compared to other illegal activities, gambling participation rates were higher than those that had drunk alcohol in the past week (13 per cent), or smoked cigarettes (4 per cent), or taken illegal drugs (2 per cent).

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