Almost Half a Million Child Gamblers in England and Wales

Photo Credit: Lisa Kong
Photo Credit: Lisa Kong

(Christian Institute) Around 450,000 children between the ages of 11 and 15 in England and Wales gambled in a week, according to a Gambling Commission report.

Of those, it is thought that 9,000 are problem gamblers.

The “Young People and Gambling” report, published last week, found that 16 per cent of children of this age had gambled in the week prior to the survey—at least twice the percentage of those who took drugs, drank alcohol, or smoked.

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  • Grace Kim Kwon

    Gambling including lottery purchase must not be done by Christians, as gambling always makes people enslaved to destructive addiction and greed like drinking and smoking and taking drugs does. The conduct is an attempt to be rich by making others losers; Christians never make others losers or take pride in dirty money that cannot be offered to God. (Deuteronomy chpaters 23) Children should be educated to work hard with honesty – God’s will for man (Genesis chapter 3) and the Puritan work ethics that birthed in Great Britain.