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Gambling Addiction in Spain Declines, According to Survey

16 December 2020, 10:54
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A recent survey conducted by the Spanish Ministry of Health revealed that the number of gambling addicts had decreased in comparison to previous years.

Gambling Addiction in Spain Declines, According to Survey

The study was focused on various types of addictions, including gambling. It provided interesting information about Spain’s players’ behavior and their preferences while using services of online and land-based casinos.

The study showed the portrait of an average player

The survey participants have answered a few questions concerning money-based gambling. The results show that the number of users who prefer to gamble with real money has increased. For example, in comparison to 2017 (3.5%), the number of players has raised to 6.7 percent (female players – 4.2%, male – 9.1%). Users aged 25-34 are the most active online gamblers who use cash at casinos as their percentage has increased to 9.3%.

As for land-based casino news, 63.6 percent of gamblers spent money on this type of entertainment in 2019, with 61.2% of female players and 65.9% of male gamblers. The most involved brick-and-mortar casino visitors are Spaniards aged 55-64 (77.1%).

The study’s goal is also to find out how many players are prone to addiction. Participants answered nine questions and got 1 point for every positive response. The scale is the following: 1-3 points mean that a person is possibly a problem gambler; if the score is four or more, it may indicate that a player has a gambling-related disorder. The survey has revealed that 15.8% of online players have signs of gambling addiction, while this percentage for land-based gamblers is considerably less – 3.5%. However, the main tendency of 2019 is that the number of people with a gambling addiction has decreased. In 2019, 670 000 players were considered problem gamblers.

What is more interesting, the survey has also defined an average player in Spain. He is a 38-year-old male who prefers sports betting most of all.

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