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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.

    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.

    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.

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