Fergie has also claimed to be suffering from shopaholism
. The toe sucker, not the football manager, though you have to wonder about a man who paid pounds 7 million for Andy Cole.
, which experts have labelled a "nurturant" addiction, can go hand in hand with other obsessions in the same category, such as overeating.
Dr Robert Lefevre, director of the Promis Recovery Centre, says: "You often get people with a multitude of addictions and we often find that shopaholism
, eating disorders and workaholics go hand in hand.
In a US study, 92 per cent of people who admitted to shopaholism
" was first identified nearly a century ago by a German psychiatrist, but the number of sufferers has grown rapidly in the Western world during the last few decades.
- like drug addiction, alcoholism and bulimia - is a serious addiction.