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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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1. Cannabis.

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2. Sugar.

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3. Oreos.

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4. Fast food.

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5. Fatty foods.

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6. World of Warcraft.

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7. Online games generally.

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8. Carbs.

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9. Cupcakes.

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10. Power.

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11. Soda.

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12. Ice cream.

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13. High fructose corn syrup.

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14. Exercise.

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15. Smartphones.

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16. Love.

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17. Porn.

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18. Sunshine.

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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.