The report European School Suervey Project on Alcohol and other Drugs (ESPAD 2019) establishes that the problems derived from gambling in Spanish youth represents 3.2%. This study has been published days after the Government approved the Royal Decree that regulates the advertising of gambling in Spain.
3.2% of young Spaniards have problems with gambling
Gambling is prohibited for people under 18 years of age in Spain. The Royal Decree approved to regulate the advertising of gambling in Spain aims to protect minors and other vulnerable groups. According to the ESPAD 2019 report, the problems derived from gambling in Spanish adolescents stands at 3.2%, and increases to 5% in European adolescents.
According to the ESPAD 2019 report, 17% of Spanish students, between 15 and 16 years old, have bet money in face-to-face establishments in the last year. And online it drops to 4.2%. In Europe, adolescents who have gambled online stands at 7.9%, and 22% in person.
The ESPAD 2019 report highlights that the consumption of alcohol, drugs and other addictions of young Spanish people is similar to that of other European adolescents. However, the problems arising from gambling or the use of video games is lower than the European average. 3.2% of young Spaniards have problems with gambling.
Almost 100,000 students surveyed
The European Monitoring Center for Drugs and Drug Addiction has released the ESPAD 2019 report to present data on the use of psychoactive substances and adolescent behavior disorders. During the month of March 2019, 99,647 students from 35 countries were surveyed. Regarding Spain, 3,557 adolescents participated. The young people surveyed are between 15 and 16 years old.
The ESPAD survey is a cooperative work of research groups in 35 countries of the European Union. It is the first time that Spain has participated as a member country. Until now, Spain has collaborated with the contribution of the ESTUDES survey. The ESTUDES survey has been carried out since 1994.