Tag Archives: addiction

Gambling: what happens in the brain when we get hooked – and how to regain control

The brains of gambling addicts activate in specific ways. GoodIdeas/Shutterstock Barbara Jacquelyn Sahakian, University of Cambridge; Christelle Langley, University of Cambridge; Henrietta Bowden-Jones, University of Cambridge, and Sam Chamberlain, University of Southampton Many people turned to online gambling during the pandemic. And while a large proportion of us are able to gamble recreationally, without serious negative impact, the pandemic has …

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How shops use psychology to influence your buying decisions

LADO/shutterstock Cathrine Jansson-Boyd, Anglia Ruskin University You might think that you only buy what you need, when you need it. But whether you are shopping for food, clothes or gadgets, the retailers are using the power of psychological persuasion to influence your decisions – and help you part with your cash. If you think back, I’ll bet there’s a good …

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« Chemsex » : les dessous de l’alliance dangereuse du sexe et des amphétamines

Edouard TUAILLON, Université de Montpellier Le phénomène est apparu aux États-Unis et dans certaines grandes villes européennes, au début des années 2000. Le « chemsex », ou chemical sex, associe de façon inédite les rapports sexuels à la prise de drogues comme la cocaïne, la kétamine ou les cathinones. Il se développe aujourd’hui en France, tout en restant largement méconnu – surtout quant …

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There’s no such thing as an ‘addictive personality’ – here’s why

Are you a prisoner of your habits? Shutterstock Mark Griffiths, Nottingham Trent University “Life is a series of addictions and without them we die”. This is my favourite quote in academic addiction literature and was made back in 1990 in the British Journal of Addiction by Isaac Marks. This deliberately provocative and controversial statement was made to stimulate debate about …

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Are you binge-watching too much? How to know if your TV habits are a problem – and what to do about it

SeventyFour/Shutterstock Mark Griffiths, Nottingham Trent University The term “binge-watch” was a contender for the Oxford English Dictionary’s 2013 word of the year. Although it didn’t win (“selfie” ultimately took the crown), this pointed to the rise of what was becoming a popular activity of watching multiple episodes of a TV show in a single sitting. Today, millions of us – …

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China’s new rules allow kids on video games just 3 hours a week – but gaming addiction isn’t about time, it’s about attitude

Joanne Orlando, Western Sydney University People in China under the age of 18 will only be allowed to play video games between 8pm and 9pm on Fridays, weekends and on public holidays, under new rules introduced this week. China’s state media service says the rules aim to curb gaming addiction. China has a history of making dramatic moves aimed at …

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Why you shouldn’t write off e-cigarettes, despite the headlines

Leszek Glasner/Shutterstock Caitlin Notley, University of East Anglia Vaping has been getting something of a bad name of late. Countries worldwide are considering restrictions and bans. But, as a way to help smokers quit, e-cigarettes are an important tool that we shouldn’t dismiss. In the US, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently reported over a thousand cases …

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E-cigarettes nearly twice as effective as other nicotine replacement therapies at helping smokers quit

Oleggg/Shutterstock Katie Myers Smith, Queen Mary University of London; Hayden McRobbie, Queen Mary University of London, and Peter Hajek, Queen Mary University of London Many smokers successfully quit by switching to e-cigarettes (vaping), but doctors can’t recommend this treatment without good evidence from clinical trials. They now have this evidence. Our latest study confirms that e-cigarettes are indeed an effective …

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Too much social media can be harmful, but it’s not addictive like drugs

Too much social media can be harmful. Shutterstock/RoBird Bev John, University of South Wales and Martin Graff, University of South Wales If you spend hours of the day on your phone checking social media, you’re not unusual. The average internet user spends two hours a day on various social media sites. But does your habit of checking Facebook, Instagram, Twitter …

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Quelles règles éthiques pour organiser la vaccination contre le SARS-CoV-2 en Ehpad ?

Emmanuel Hirsch, Université Paris-Saclay Depuis deux semaines, la stratégie vaccinale envisagée pour contrer la diffusion du SARS-CoV-2 mobilise l’espace public. Cette impatience, entretenue par les services de presse des firmes pharmaceutiques, est fondée sur l’évocation de données intermédiaires. Celles-ci doivent être soumises à une validation scientifique académique, laquelle est en cours. La teneur des premières conclusions proposées le 18 novembre 2020 par une …

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