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British Gambling Prevalence Survey, 1999

Title details

SN: 6639
Title: British Gambling Prevalence Survey, 1999
Alternative title: BGPS; British Gambling Prevalence Survey, 2000
Persistent identifier: 10.5255/UKDA-SN-6639-1
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): Responsible Gambling Fund
Other acknowledgements: Gambling Commission and the Gordon House Association (now Gordon Moody Association) Steering group.


The citation for this study is:

National Centre for Social Research. (2010). British Gambling Prevalence Survey, 1999. [data collection]. UK Data Service. SN: 6639,

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Subject Categories

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, 1999 is the first survey in the series. The National Centre for Social Research (NatCen) was commissioned by GamCare to carry out the first-ever survey of the Lottery and other gambling activities in Britain. GamCare is a national charity that promotes responsible gambling and monitors the social impact of gambling. In 1999, after the National Lottery was created and a wide range of gambling activities were available, this study was designed to find out who gambles, and on what. Most people enjoy gambling, and do so within sensible limits. A small number, however, get into severe problems with their gambling. Therefore an important aspect of this survey was to examine rates of problem gambling among the British population and to assess which gambling activities cause problems and for whom.
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 (including frequency, venue and expenditure) (module B)
  • attitudes to gambling and problem gambling screens (module C)
  • personal and family gambling behaviour and socio-demographic questions (module D)

Coverage, universe, methodology

Dates of fieldwork: September 1999 - January 2000
Country: Great Britain
Spatial units: No spatial unit
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: 7,680 individuals
Method of data collection: Face-to-face interview; Telephone interview; Self-completion
Weighting: Weighting used. See documentation for details

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Administrative and access information

Date of release:
First edition: 15 December 2010
Copyright: Copyright National Centre for Social Research, GamCare and Responsible Gambling Fund
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 6639data_docs_1999.pdf 414
Questionnaire and Showcards 6639interview_docs_1999.pdf 318
Coding and Editing Instructions 6639other_instructions_1999.pdf 139
User Guide 6639userguide_1999.pdf 168
Study information and citation UKDA_Study_6639_Information.htm 17
READ File read6639.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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