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  Text clinic for messaging addicts
Updated 09 January 2004, 14.40
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Special help groups are being set up for text addicts, who send as many as 200 SMS messages every day.

Experts at the Priory, which normally deals with drug or alcohol addictions, say that text addiction is just as big a problem as gambling addiction.

Some people can spend up to seven hours every day texting their friends, and one man in Denmark nearly lost all his money sending messages on his mobile.

Centres will be trying to cure texters in London, Hampshire and Glasgow.

Ken Stewart, from the Priory, said the texters might have "withdrawal symptoms" when their phones are taken away from them.

Texters recently broke a record, when 111 million messages were sent at New Year, twice as many as a normal day!

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