Home > Sex > Sex tips Updated 26 July 2013 Could you be addicted? Every now and then a celebrity makes the news for raucous sexual behaviour and, ever so often, the scandals and broken relationships are blamed on sex addiction. 0 iStock Check Are you a sex addict? » Ask Sexologist » Join Health24 on Facebook » Quiz Are you ready for sex? » SEE: What happens to your body during sex? How porn addiction can affect your sex life Is sex addiction real, or is it just a lame excuse for bad behaviour? Every now and then a celebrity makes the news for raucous sexual behaviour and, ever so often, the scandals and broken relationships are blamed on sex addiction. The most recent and famous case is that of Tiger Woods, who was exposed as a serial womaniser and reportedly checked into a clinic for sex addiction treatment. Other famous cases include Charlie Sheen, David Duchovny and Russell Brand.Sex addiction is best described as a pattern of out-of-control sexual behaviour. Sex addicts struggle to control their sexual urges and often lead a double life which may include an obsessive search for risky and irresponsible sexual encounters, compulsive masturbation and an addiction to pornography. The initial euphoria of sex is often followed by guilt, self-loathing or emptiness. With time, the ongoing obsession starts impacting negatively on people’s lives - destroying relationships, careers and families.Now a new study claims that there is no such thing as an addiction to sex and that "addicts" may simply have a high sex drive. A US research team analysed the brain responses of self-reported sex addicts to a set of different images, including explicit sexual photos. The thinking behind the experiment was that if a person were truly addicted to sex, the images of sexual activity would produce a spike in brain activity – in the same way that images of cocaine have been shown to alter the brain activity of people addicted to the drug. The study, however, found that the brain response was no different from that of sexual desire and concluded that highly sexed people may simply have strong libidos. This is the first study of its kind and more research will need to follow. In the meantime, however, we do know that too much of anything can be very destructive – including sex. What are your thoughts on sex addiction? Do you believe it’s real? Write to usDo our quiz: are you addicted to sex?Visit our Sex Centre More in Sex SEE: What happens to your body during sex? More: SexSex tips advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 0 comments Comments have been closed for this article. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... From our sponsors Keep an eye on your vision Which skin products are better, ‘medical grade’ or ‘over-the-counter’? Win 1 of 6 R5000 cash prizes Win a R2 000 Skin Renewal voucher Live healthier Exercise benefits for seniors » Working out in the concrete jungle Even a little exercise may help prevent dementia Here’s an unexpected way to boost your memory: running Seniors who exercise recover more quickly from injury or illness When sedentary older adults got into an exercise routine, it curbed their risk of suffering a disabling injury or illness and helped them recover if anything did happen to them. No relief for MS » Drug shows promise against MS in mouse study Vitamin D may slow multiple sclerosis Obesity in girls tied to higher MS risk Exercise may not lower women's risk of MS A Harvard study showed no evidence to support the idea that exercise lowers the risk of multiple sclerosis.