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British Gambling Prevalence Survey, 2010

Title details

SN: 6843
Title: British Gambling Prevalence Survey, 2010
Alternative title: BGPS
Persistent identifier: 10.5255/UKDA-SN-6843-1
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. (2011). British Gambling Prevalence Survey, 2010. [data collection]. UK Data Service. SN: 6843,

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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.
The British Gambling Prevalence Survey, 2010 is the third survey in the series. The aims of the survey were to provide data on participation in all forms of gambling in Great Britain, the prevalence of problem gambling, attitudes to gambling and to explore a range of associations with gambling behaviour. The 2010 study is the first in the series to be conducted after the full implementation of the Gambling Act 2005. Therefore, a further objective was to, where possible, provide some comparisons pre and post implementation of the Gambling Act 2005.
Main Topics:
The individual questionnaire was broadly split into seven sections:
  • leisure activities
  • participation in gambling activities in the past 12 months
  • frequency, mode and gambling volume among past year gamblers
  • participation in gambling activities in the past seven days
  • changes in gambling behaviour
  • problem gambling
  • reasons for gambling
  • attitudes to gambling
  • health and lifestyle correlates

Coverage, universe, methodology

Dates of fieldwork: November 2009 - June 2010
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: 7,756 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: 11 August 2011
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 6843data_docs_2010.pdf 1187
Research Report (including questionnaire in Appendix) and Showcards 6843interview_docs_2010.pdf 4686
Coding and Editing Instructions 6843other_instructions_2010.pdf 601
User Guide 6843userguide_2010.pdf 607
Study information and citation UKDA_Study_6843_Information.htm 17
READ File read6843.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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