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More people seeking help for addiction

Psychiatrists say most common cases involve those hooked on alcohol, gambling, sex

Published on Apr 28, 2013 9:18 AM
Alcohol addiction is among the most common forms of addiction that psychiatrists see. -- PHOTOS: ST FILE

Psychiatrists in private practice have seen a jump in the number of people seeking help for addiction to alcohol, gambling and sex.

Around 25 new patients now seek help with addictions at the Winslow Clinic every month, set up by addictions specialist Munidasa Winslow, compared to 10 to 12 a year earlier.

Overall, including repeat cases, he sees about 200 addiction patients a month.

Alcohol addiction is the most common, followed by sex addiction, said Associate Professor Winslow, formerly from the Institute of Mental Health.

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