Figures from the Gambling Commission show the much greater likelihood of a young person playing on fruit machines, compared to their older counterparts.

The study shows that younger people, under the age of 35, are much more likely to engage with fruit machines and slot machines than their older equivalents.

Between 2008 and 2014, younger individuals were 72.1% more likely to play on slot machines than those in the 35-54 age group.

No direct comparison is made between young people and those aged 55 or over, but the figures show the appeal of fruit machines to the younger generation.

Interestingly, the increase in interest puts slot machines alongside casino games (74.1%) in terms of their appeal to younger gamblers.

By way of contrast, there are some forms of betting where young people are less likely to gamble than those aged 35-54.

These include the National Lottery (-10.9%) and horse racing (-26.4%) while younger people are more likely to play poker for money, to gamble in private, and to purchase scratchcards with the chance of a cash prize.