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British Gambling Prevalence Survey, 2007

Title details

SN: 5836
Title: British Gambling Prevalence Survey, 2007
Alternative title: BGPS
Persistent identifier: 10.5255/UKDA-SN-5836-1
Series: British Gambling Prevalence Survey [British Gambling Prevalence Surveys, 1999-]
Depositor: National Centre for Social Research
Principal investigator(s): National Centre for Social Research
Sponsor(s): Gambling Commission


The citation for this study is:

National Centre for Social Research. (2008). British Gambling Prevalence Survey, 2007. [data collection]. UK Data Service. SN: 5836,

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Subject Categories

General - Health
Leisure, tourism and sport - Society and culture
Social attitudes and behaviour - Society and culture


Abstract copyright UK Data Service and data collection copyright owner.

The British Gambling Prevalence Survey is a large-scale nationally representative survey of participation in gambling and the prevalence of problem gambling in Great Britain.

The aims of the survey series are:
  • measure the prevalence of participation in all forms of commercial and private gambling (including estimates of expenditure and information on venue)
  • estimate the prevalence of 'problem gambling' and look at which activities have the highest prevalence of 'problem gamblers'
  • investigate the socio-demographic factors associated with gambling and with 'problem gambling'
  • assess attitudes towards gambling
Further information about the series can be found on the Gambling Commission's British Gambling Prevalence Surveys web pages.
British Gambling Prevalence Survey, 2007 is the second survey in the series and was undertaken to help the Gambling Commission understand the nature and scale of gambling in Great Britain at a point before the Gambling Act 2005 was implemented on 1 September 2007. It was commissioned as part of the Gambling Commission's commitment to the licensing objectives of keeping crime out of gambling, ensuring gambling is conducted fairly and openly, and protecting children and vulnerable people from harm from gambling.

The questionnaire asked respondents to record whether they had gambled on a range of activities in the past year and past week. Past gamblers were asked questions pertaining to venues for gambling and how much they won or lost on each activity. Two problem gambling screens were included within the questionnaire to assess the extent to which people experience problems with their gambling and a range of attitudinal and socio-demographic questions were also included.
Main Topics:
The main topics covered were:
  • participation in gambling in the past 12 months (module A)
  • participation in gambling in the past 7 days (module B)
  • problem gambling screens (module C)
  • attitudes to gambling (module D)
  • health, lifestyle and socio-demographic questions (module E)

Coverage, universe, methodology

Dates of fieldwork: October 2006 - March 2007
Country: Great Britain
Spatial units: Government Office Regions
Observation units: Individuals
Kind of data: Numeric data
Individual (micro) level
Universe: National
Adults aged 16 and over living within private households.
Time dimensions: Repeated cross-sectional study
Sampling procedures: Multi-stage stratified random sample
Number of units: 9,003 individuals.
Method of data collection: Face-to-face interview; Self-completion
Email survey
Weighting: Weighting used. See documentation for details

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Administrative and access information

Date of release:
First edition: 09 May 2008
Copyright: Crown copyright material is reproduced with the permission of the Controller of HMSO and the Queen's Printer for Scotland
Access conditions: The depositor has specified that registration is required and standard conditions of use apply. The depositor may be informed about usage. See terms and conditions of access for further information.
Availability: UK Data Service
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Title File Name Size (KB)
Variable List and Derived Variable Specification 5836data_docs_2007.pdf 2372
Questionnaire and Showcards 5836interview_docs_2007.pdf 817
Coding and Editing Instructions 5836other_instructions_2007.pdf 1635
User Guide 5836userguide_2007.pdf 1181
Study information and citation UKDA_Study_5836_Information.htm 17
READ File read5836.htm 10


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By principal investigator(s):
Sproston, K., Erens, B. and Orford, J. (2000) Gambling behaviour in Britain: results from the British Gambling Prevalence Survey June 2000, Birmingham: Gambling Commission.

Wardle, H. et al. (2007) British Gambling Prevalence Study 2007. London, TSO.

Wardle, H. et al. (2011) British Gambling Prevalence Study 2010. London, TSO.

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