Over half Portugal’s population admits to gambling addiction, says survey

More than 55% of people in Portugal surveyed in an official study on behaviours and risk consumption and addictions admitted to being addicted to gambling – 7.6% more than in 2017, with the majority being men. The finding is part of the 5th National Survey on the Consumption of Psychoactive Substances in the General Population, overseen by the government’s Intervention Service on Addictive Behaviours and Addictions (SICAD), which began in 2001 and was replicated in 2007, 2012, 2016/17 and 2022, under the responsibility of a research team from the Interdisciplinary Centre for Social Sciences at Lisbon’s New University.