The survey featured 12,161 participants between September 24 and October 13.
To identify problem gambling and other gambling-related problems, the survey referred to a proven method in the Problem Gambling Severity Index (PGSI).
The PGSI simply asks respondents specific questions related to their gambling habits.
Answering affirmatively to two questions means that the respondent falls in the low-risk category and answering between three and seven questions in the affirmative means that the respondent is considered a medium risk.
However, anyone answering “yes” to eight or more questions is at a high risk of developing gambling-related problems.
Gambling participation in the period between October 2019 and May 2020 fell to 39% from 49% previously.
Interestingly, only 4% of all respondents said that they gambled more during lockdown.
In terms of gambling spend, 41% reported having spent less during the period whereas 51% said they spent around the same amount.
Some 3% said that they were spending more, though.
Another noteworthy fact was that 17% of those considered as problem gamblers stopped gambling altogether in May 2020, or just showed no symptoms.
Some 23% of problem gamblers shifted back to medium risk, although the remaining 60% stayed problem gamblers.
Tackling problem gambling has been a long-term objective for operators.
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