‘Addicted’ to sex, 1 in 10 men – and 1 in 12 women
MORE than one in ten men and one in 12 women are addicted to sex, a study says.
Disgraced film mogul Harvey Weinstein, actor Kevin Spacey and golfer Tiger Woods have been treated for sex addiction, and until now experts had thought it far more common in men than women.
However, the new study found 7 per cent of women were unable to control sexual urges – not far off the 10 per cent of men classed as sex addicts.
Researchers led by the University of Minnesota asked 2,325 people questions including whether they had used sex to deal with problems or risked their relationship or finances because of it.
Overall, 8.6 per cent of respondents showed signs of sex addiction.
The authors, writing in journal JAMA Psychiatry, said doctors ‘should be alert to the high number of people who are distressed about a lack of control over their sexual behaviour’. Earlier this year the World Health Organisation declared sex addiction a mental health disorder.