Are you a shopaholic?

Hannah Ricci

PA

With reports of rocketing food prices, spiralling energy bills and rents hitting the highest levels seen in years, you might expect that few people can afford to be splashing out serious cash at the shops these days – and retail figures suggest this is true.

Yet shopaholism remains a genuine problem for many of us – mainly women - that could actually be fuelled by feelings of unhappiness triggered by the recession.