Research from a medical study has found that up to 23m people in the UK could be experiencing a condition called Football Withdrawal Disorder.
According to the study, a lack of soccer can severely affect a fan's mental, physical and social health. After being starved of soccer for months, the outbreak of FWD amongst fans is now classified as an epidemic.
With 31 days to go until the start of the new Premier League season, fans across the country are reportedly experiencing the effects of this soccer deficiency. Attempts at delaying the onset of FWD, including taking sudden interests in gardening, DIY and reality television, have proved futile.
Symptoms of FWD can range from irritability, mood swings, restlessness, intense boredom and, in extreme cases, loss of libido.
Watching soccer releases dopamine into the brain, triggering sensations of euphoria and exhilaration. When this activity no longer occurs, the fan experiences deprivation and suffers from withdrawal.
In-depth research shows that although pre-season friendlies can delay the onset of Football Withdrawal Disorder, they do not administer the required dose of dopamine and are not sufficient stimulus to fully satisfy fans' cravings.