Gambling peril for 2 million hooked or risking addiction.
Byline: BEN GLAZE Deputy Political Editor
TWO million gamblers are hooked on their habit or at risk of addiction, a watchdog warned yesterday.
More than 400,000 of them are already problem punters, with regulators demanding tougher action to prevent people becoming addicts.
A 68-page report by the Gambling Commission found that 0.8% of the adult population can now be classed as having a FLUTTER Lottery is most popular gambling problem, while 3.9% are "at risk". Researchers found 63% of adults gambled in the past year.
Two-thirds of men are likely to gamble, compared with 59% of women.
The most popular gambling activities were playing the National Lottery (46%), buying scratch cards (23%) and other lotteries (15%).
Commission executive director Tim Miller warned: "More needs to be done to address problem gambling."
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