Gambling Behaviour Ladder

Adferiad Funded by GamCare

This activity considers the nuance in risk associated with gambling. It gives the opportunity to discuss the differences in behaviours between different forms of gambling and illustrates how gambling behaviour should be considered on a continuum, not simply placed into categories.



10-15 Minutes

Materials to print

Gambling Behaviour Ladder Cards



Provide the group with a set of
Gambling Behaviour Ladder cards.


Ask the group to put the cards in
order from what they consider least
risky to what they consider the most
risky gambling behaviour. Emphasise
that there is no right or wrong


Then discuss the possible
consequences of youth gambling,
writing them on the branches of the


Encourage discussion about the
motivations behind why people
gamble, the frequency, the amount
spent. Discuss at what point each of
these behaviours would become
problematic if they do not think the
character already had a problem.
Mention that although not all of
these examples are examples of
harmful gambling, they are all
realistic and illustrate how
normalised gambling is in our

Alternative options:

If it’s a big group, you could divide it into teams and
use multiple sets of cards. You could also give 1 card to
each person and then ask the group to stand up
forming a line to visualise where they would place each

Possible Follow-Up Activity

5. Place each card around the room.

6. In pairs or small groups, as the participants to write a
relevant harm reduction tip on a post-it note and stick
it to the card it relates to.

7. Ask the group to share and discuss the tips they
came up with and suggest any tips they may not have

Gambling Behaviour Ladder


Olivia put £1 into the World Cup sweepstake at work to raise money for a local charity.

Jack bet his chocolate Easter egg on whether or not his mate will be able to score a penalty.

Lewis won a prize at the amusement arcade last week so he has gone back again, with more money this time, hoping to win big on the slot machines.

Ryan stole money out of his flatmate’s purse to repay a loan he took out to play online poker.

Janice puts £2 a week on the lottery when she doesthe weekly shop, even though she is currently struggling to pay her bills.