Associations between recalled use of legal UK youth gambling products and adult disordered gambling

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Newall, P. W. S., Russell, A. M. T., Sharman, S. and Walasek, L. 2020. Associations between recalled use of legal UK youth gambling products and adult disordered gambling. Journal of Behavioral Addictions . https://doi.org/10.1556/2006.2020.00048
AuthorsNewall, P. W. S., Russell, A. M. T., Sharman, S. and Walasek, L.
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Background and aims: The UK allows a number of gambling products to be legally used by people under the age of 18. The aim of this study was to explore associations between recalled legal usage of five youth gambling products and adult disordered gambling. Methods: A retrospective cross-sectional study of 1,057 adult UK gamblers, aged 18–40. Recalled legal use of five youth gambling products (category D fruit machines, coin push machines, crane grab machines, the National Lottery, and National Lottery scratchcards) was correlated with adult disordered gambling symptoms as measured by the Problem Gambling Severity Index (PGSI). Results: Recalled rates of legal engagement with each product ranged from 50.9% for Category D fruit machines to 96.6% for coin push machines. For category D fruit machines, the National Lottery, and National Lottery scratchcards, merely having legally engaged with these products as a child was associated with adult disordered gambling. Furthermore, higher levels of recalled legal youth usage with each of the five products was also associated with adult disordered gambling. Discussion and conclusions: These results relate to recent government proposals to increase the National Lottery scratchcard legal age to 18, and add to a wider literature on youth gambling and subsequent gambling-related harm.

JournalJournal of Behavioral Addictions
ISSN2062-5871
Year2020
PublisherAkadémiai Kiadó
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Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1556/2006.2020.00048
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Accepted19 Jul 2020
Deposited04 Sep 2020
FunderUniversity of Warwick
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