A new survey conducted by the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) into underage gambling has been released showing the youngsters are more in danger of taking a punt rather than smoking or taking drugs.

The most common forms of gambling are not online but lottery, betting shops and fruit machines.

Below are the report findings from the UKGC and the headline facts of the report, the commission surveyed 2,411 children from 103 state secondary schools in England and Wales to carry out the survey.

Parents and guardians are being warned to be vigilant following publication of a new report indicating that 450,000 children are gambling in England and Wales every week.

The Gambling Commission’s Young People and Gambling Report also shows that around 9,000 of these are likely to be problem gamblers.

The findings indicate that the overall rate of gambling among 11-15 year olds is around 16%. This figure compares to 5% of 11-15 year olds who have smoked and 8% who have drunk alcohol in the last week, while 6% have taken drugs in the last month.

The research shows that children are twice as likely to gamble than do any of those things.

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