Gambling Trends, Harms and Responses: Ireland in an International Context

In late 2019 an academic research team based at Maynooth University’s Department of Sociology and Maynooth Social Sciences Institute (MUSSI) including Prof. Aphra Kerr, Prof. John O’Brennan and Dr Lucia Vazquez-Mendoza began work on a one-year project to examine the knowledge base and evidence on the nature and extent of gambling and gambling impacts in Ireland and how Ireland compares to international peer countries. This report has been completed and is the most comprehensive examination of the topic that has been produced in Ireland to date. ‘Gambling Trends, Harms and Responses: Ireland in an International Context’ will support the Gambling Awareness Trust to ensure service provision meets the identified needs and gaps in the area of problem gambling from an evidence-based approach. It will be an invaluable source for those organisations providing support in terms of emerging best practice in the field internationally.

Gambling in Ireland

Gambling in the Republic of Ireland: Results from the 2019–20 National Drug and Alcohol Survey

This report presents the findings from the 2019–20 National Drug and Alcohol Survey (NDAS) on the prevalence of gambling and problem gambling in the general population in Ireland. While the main objective of the 2019–20 NDAS was to determine the prevalence and patterns of drug use (including alcohol and tobacco use), a set of questions on gambling in Ireland was included in the survey at the request of the Department of Justice. The NDAS is the only source of general population prevalence data on gambling in Ireland. The 2019–20 NDAS collected information from 5,762 people aged 15 years and over across Ireland. The main findings in relation to tobacco, alcohol, and other drug use from the 2019–20 NDAS were published in 2021 . The aim of this bulletin is to present the findings from the 2019–20 NDAS in relation to gambling.