Nearly 73% of UK residents take part in some kind of gambling, although most of that number is on the National Lottery. The National Lottery sold more tickets than ever in 2011-12, up 12% in the year. Other gambling activities are also growing fast to, which include football betting, scratchcards,online poker and bingo, according to the latest British gambling prevalence survey (BGPS).
If nearly one in 100 (0.9 per cent) of people can be classified as problem gamblers then it could be argued that more resources should be going into this field. Class-A drug-takers (about 3% of the population) and alcoholics (somewhat more than 3%, depending on the definition) are researched and monitored far more closely and offered more accessible help.