Boredom during lockdown saw one in five problem gamblers bet more

The national lockdown saw one in five problem gamblers increase their gambling activity in an effort to ‘relieve boredom’, a new study has found.

The YouGov survey, which explored the impacts of the pandemic on gambling behaviour, saw a 20 per cent increase in gambling among those in the most vulnerable groups and Online Casino a 12 per cent rise in those considered ‘moderate gamblers’.  

The research, which collected data between March and Online Casino May, also found gamblers aged 18-34 were more likely than average to report an increase in time or Online Casino money spent on at least one gambling activity. 

The YouGov survey, which collected data between March and May, found one in five problem gamblers increased their gambling activity during the national lockdown. (Stock image)

The YouGov survey, which collected data between March and May, found one in five problem gamblers increased their gambling activity during the national lockdown.(Stock image)

Meanwhile low-level gamblers saw their participation increase by nine per cent and non-problem gamblers saw their gambling increase by only two per cent.