Thursday, December 14 2017
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Compulsive shoplifting

Compulsive shoplifting

Shoplifting in Britain costs more than £300m a year, according to the British Retail Consortium, with the value of goods stolen from British shops having risen to its highest level in a decade. For some people, shoplifting is a compulsive habit. A lead counsellor at Addictions UK believes this pathological need to shoplift is far more common than people realise. "It is a genuine addiction that stems from the same issue as a gambling or drinking addiction. These people shoplift because they feel compelled to act by their subconscious, rather than for financial gain. They experience an emotional urge to experience the rush of adrenaline - and consequently dopamine - they receive from shoplifting, and the only way to suppress that is by giving in. From an addict's point of view, this rush mitigates all thought of those they are affecting."