One in 10 Irish adolescents gamble frequently, new research shows
More than one in 10 Irish adolescents gamble frequently, new research has found.
More than one in 10 Irish people aged 15 and 16 reported frequent gambling in the last 12 months, the latest European School Survey Project On Alcohol and Other Drugs report shows.
The study also reveals that drinking and smoking is less common among Irish students compared to the overall European average.
Thirteen per cent of Irish adolescents reported cigarette use in the past 30 days, compared to an average of 21%.
Alcohol use was also reported lower than the European average, with 35% of Irish adolescents consuming alcohol in the past 30 days compared to an average of 48%.
The report found than an average of 14% of students reported gambling for money at least once in the last 12 months, while 7% gambled frequently (two to four times per month or more.)
In all countries surveyed, considerably more boys than girls reported gambling, with 23% of boys compared to 5% of girls on average.
The ESPAD is based on information provided by 96,043 students from 35 European countries.