Children are twice as likely to be problem gamblers as adults, a survey has revealed.
The charity Gamcare estimates that around 60,000 children aged between 12 and 15 are addicted to gambling, the equivalent of one in 50.
Among the over-16s, there are an estimated 450,000 people with a gambling addiction, a proportion of less than one in 100.
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The figures suggest that gambling could become an even bigger issue in the future, as the problem teenagers progress into adulthood.