Older people gambled more in lockdown

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UK pensioners spent a record amount on online gambling during the lockdown, it has been reported by the Royal College of Psychiatrists.


In a report in yesterday’s Daily Telegraph, the study said that online gambling by pensioners (over 65s) rose by more than 50 per cent in the year to September 2021, compared with the same period in 2019.

A total of 1.04 million people in that age group gambled online in 2019, but it rose to1.674 million this year.

The analysed figures originally came from the Gambling Commission and they also showed that the number of people gambling online at least once a month increased in the same period. In the age group 45-54 the increase was more than 340,000 people, while among the 16-34 age group it rose by 307,000.

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It was felt that the closure of betting shops was partially to blame for the increase.

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