Gambling has overtaken alcohol and women in the affections of young men, according to a study by men's magazine Nuts. The survey of 1,000 18 to 35 year-olds found that 90% would prefer to spend £5 making a bet rather than in or pub or taking out a girlfriend. Phil Hilton, editor of Nuts, said: "Gambling's explosion can be attributed to men's innate drive for competition. "Gambling has recently been accepted as a sport or hobby and the fact that people are winning money only serves to make it more appealing."