‘Ad­dicted’ to sex, 1 in 10 men – and 1 in 12 women

Scottish Daily Mail - - News -

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.

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