Amy Winegum: Now troubled singer is 'addicted to sweets'

A source told newpaper London Lite: 'Amy seems to be constantly stuffing herself with sugary snacks. She loves all of the stuff from her childhood in the Eighties, from Slush Puppies to Bull's Eyes and liquorice. It may seem harmless but it is not doing her any good.

'She's suffering from chest and lung infections at the moment and she has been warned that all of the sweets could flare up the problems. She used to walk to the local shops at all hours of the night to pick up her sweet fixes, but now she doesn't have to.

'All of her gadgets have been put in one room so she has all she needs whenever she wants it.'

While friends point out that Winehouse is harking back to her innocent childhood days, there might be a more sinister side to the new obsession.

Heroin addicts often have low blood-sugar levels, leading to cravings for sweet things, and many users eat ice lollies or slushies to cool the burning sensation the killer drug can cause.

Winehouse has battled heroin and crack cocaine addiction for more than a year and is currently trying to work on material for her next album.