9 Percent of Scottish Students Likely to Develop Gambling Problems
In Central Scotland, a survey was done last month and found out that from 2,000 students in 12 schools, there are 9 percent who exhibit behavior that could lead to a gambling addiction later in life. While in England and Wales six percent of the students were likely to develop gambling addiction.
Further surveys were made, 15 percent of Scottish children are deemed to be at-risk to develop gambling habit. Researchers believe that there is a direct link with the problem gambling during childhood and a full-fledged adult gambling addicts in Scotland.
Gamblers Anonymous has reported the average Scot now spends almost 1,900 UK Pounds a year on games of chance. The information the researchers got from the children's gambling habit showed that there is a need to introduce a new age restrictions on all slots machines.
The age breakdowns are as follows: 9.7 percent came from the secondary school pupils, aged 13 or 14; 8.6 percent students aged 15 or 16. Boys are 3.5 times more likely to gamble than girls do.
According to the study being made, they found out that fruit machines are the most popular form of gambling. The fruit machines that pay out a UK Pounds 5 jackpot for 10p stakes.
An average of UK Pounds 4.35 a week where spent by the children with gambling problems on the habit that is almost fifth of their weekly income and a large amount for a child.