A “key finding” of the first Gamstop bi-annual evaluation is a 25 percent rise in registrations in the first six months of 2021 compared to the previous year.
The review of 3,300 registered users was launched to gain a better understanding of trends on the group’s platform, as well as gambling behaviours across the UK, according to the free national scheme for self-exclusion from online gambling.
An issue for all walks of life
Gamstop’s CEO, Fiona Palmer, said: “While it is encouraging to see that consumers are continuing to find Gamstop and use it as a crucial safety net in their recovery, this review reinforces the importance of continuing to raise awareness of practical tools that are available to those struggling with gambling-related harm.
“Our evaluation results demonstrate that gambling-related harm is an issue that affects people from all walks of life, irrespective of income, location, or gender.
“It is imperative that we continue to reach people from across the UK, and to give them access to tools that can aid them in their recovery, or form an important preventative measure.”
The review, conducted by research firm Sonnet, discovered that over 40,000 people registered with the firm in H121, with March being the second-highest month on record for registrations.
By the end of June 2021, the total number of registrants had surpassed 218,000, with 70 percent males and 30 percent females. The maximum exclusion period of five years was chosen by 58 percent of those who registered.
Younger persons were found to be the most likely to register, with 41 percent of registrants aged 25-34, rising to 59 percent when the age range was expanded to 18-34.
Gamstop is also used by people of all ages, races, and socioeconomic classes, according to the analysis.
According to the findings, 29 percent of respondents live in households with a pre-tax income of more than £48,000 per year, and 48 percent had a pre-tax income of more than £32,000 per year. More than 75 percent of those surveyed were employed full- or part-time, and 63 percent of those surveyed did not have children at home.