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18 Things That Are Supposedly As Addictive As Cocaine Or Heroin

If you believe everything you read in the news, that is. Which – SPOILER – you shouldn't.

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And here's why you should be sceptical of headlines like that.

Lots of them are often based on a misunderstanding of what addiction is, uncertainty over how you would even measure "addictiveness", and an oversimplified description of what the brain chemical dopamine does – as clinical psychologist Vaughan Bell has written rather a lot.

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