A survey commissioned by Finnish lottery monopoly Veikkaus revealed that the quantity of downside gamblers within the nation has fallen by 1.8% year-on-year to 0.8%.
The survey came about from August to November 2021 and concerned 5,003 respondents between the ages of 15-74.
It contained 20 questions and was primarily based on South Oaks Playing Display (SOGS) factors, which measure how a respondent could also be experiencing downside playing.
For every reply that indicated threat, the respondent was given one level, and a threat degree primarily based on the variety of factors they obtained over the course of the screening.
Respondents had been categorised primarily based on SOGS factors into two brackets- threat ranges 1-2, which point out reasonable threat, and degree 3 and up, which signifies extreme threat.
The survey discovered that downside playing decreased by 1.8% between November 2020 and November 2021. This was found by taking the quantity of respondents that had indicated playing threat and measuring these in opposition to Finland’s inhabitants.
This estimated that 75,000 folks in Finland skilled downside playing between November 2020 and November 2021, or 0.8% of the inhabitants. That is against 100,000 folks between April 2020 and November 2020, which made up over 2% of the entire inhabitants.
As well as, 59% reported playing within the 12 months earlier than the survey, which was a rise of 9.2% year-on-year.
Breaking down by age, younger adults had the best threat ranges.
For these aged between 15 and 17 years previous, 1.1% of respondents had been recorded in danger ranges 1-2. Lower than 1% had been recorded at degree 3 and up.
This elevated sharply for the following age bracket, the place a complete of 15% of 18 to 24 12 months olds fell between threat ranges 1-2 and three.7% landed within the degree 3 and up class.
The solutions additionally revealed that downside playing was, on common, extra widespread for males. Out of all male respondents, 13% had been recorded as playing in danger ranges 1-2, in comparison with 7.4% of females.
The survey additionally discovered that on-line playing was commonest for 35 to 49 years olds, with 36% of that age bracket taking part in it.
If a participant scored three or extra SOGS factors, they had been requested which video games they skilled downside playing with. In complete, 50% of respondents named video games supplied by Veikkaus and 22% named each Veikkaus video games and different operators, which aren’t licensed to function in Finland.
On-line slot machines and different on line casino video games had been named as the highest playing machine for downside gamblers within the survey, with 21% of the vote. This was up from 19% in 2020.
In-person slots accounted for 18% of the respondents’ alternative, a year-on-year fall from 27%, whereas on-line on line casino and slot machines exterior Finland had been the selection of 15% of respondents, down from 17%.
In December 2021, Finland’s parliament accepted the nation’s Lottery Act at its first reading.
If handed into regulation this invoice may see necessary identification- which already exists for Veikkaus slots– prolonged to incorporate all types of playing, in addition to fee blocking for all operators besides Veikkaus.