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Danish Regulator Presented Addiction-Related Survey Results

26 March 2021, 15:44
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Spillemyndigheden (the Danish Gambling Authority - DGA) came up with the survey results focused on defining the gambling addiction specifics in the country. Among the most interesting figures is males' total dominance in self-exclusion practice and twice bigger approximate spends on gaming by men. Our news outlet always follows the latest casino news, now presenting the most interesting findings from the Danish reports.

Danish Regulator Presented Addiction-Related Survey Results

The portrait of Danish gambler

Before diving into the results about addiction, it would be interesting to know the facts about the typical Danish punter. Thus, 76% of online casino accounts belong to males, while 42% (from the total number of gamblers) are under 35. That is a clear zone targeted by marketers if they want to attract punters to the new digital casino product.

A quite similar situation is in the betting sector. Men consist 81% of all the bettors in Denmark, with male youngsters (under 36) dominating, totaling 55% of the total number of sportsbook lovers. The female distribution among the diverse age groups was quite smooth, without any notable splashes.

Danish helpline specifics

Taking into account the results of the previous survey, there is no surprise that young men were more active in calling for help. The helping hotline for punters has been available in Denmark since January 2019, and 1185 calls have been registered. Interestingly, the number of conscious gambling addicts was 57%, 39% of the calls were from relatives, while the rest 4% were reported by professionals.

The recall of the previous subtopic is evident enough - 48% of the called punters started activity under 18, while another 38% - between 19 and 25. Experts connect such a dependence with a bigger instability of younger people towards gambling addiction danger.

Diving into the more detailed statistics concerning the calls brings other interesting figures. Thus, about 86% of all self-detected phone appeals were from males, while 67% of the total calls were from females. This goes in parallel with the following figures concerning the calls on behalf of the addict: 29% were mothers (almost twice more active than fathers - 16%), 22% were partners, and only the rest are of children, siblings, and friends. The average call lasted 25 minutes, with almost a half (47%) coming on Monday and Tuesday.

An interesting controversy comes from the comparison of gender spends and involvement in gaming. Thus, males spend about 2150 EUR per month, while women are almost twice more thrifty and spend only 1010 EUR on average. However, the average playing time is in favor of females, who are ready to spend about 28 hours per week, while men are on the level of 21 hours weekly.

Self-exclusion rates of Danish gamblers


Another young male statistical dominance came from the third report about the self-exclusion specifics in Denmark. Thus, 51% of individuals that turned to self-exclusion schemes were men under 40. In total, males amounted to 76% of those who used self-exclusion, which correlates with the proportion of men involved in casino gaming and betting.

The most scalable figures, logically, are the total number of punters that participated in the Danish self-exclusion program, which has achieved a notable 25 000 level since 2012. Interestingly, almost 17 000 gamblers (67%) decided to protect themselves forever. Slightly more than 4600 individuals (18%) decided to take a 6-month break, almost 2400 (9%) made a pause for three months, and only 1241 chose the 30-day rest from gambling.

Interestingly, the pace of self-exclusion participation by Danes was at the level of 1500 annually from 2012 to 2015. In 2016, there was a surge of up to 2500+ conscious addicts, while the further tempo varies around 4K people adding their data to the protection yearly.

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