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With the United States in the midst of an opioid epidemic and more states easing restrictions on marijuana, the subject of drug abuse and addiction has received an enormous amount of media attention in recent years. Addiction, however, has been with us for a long time. Even late into the 19th century, the problem of […]

Impulsivity is a formal term for impulsive behavior. While almost everyone acts impulsively some of the time, people with a high degree of impulsivity routinely act in this manner. One of the known problems in highly impulsive individuals is an increased chance of developing diagnosable symptoms of addiction or non-addicted substance abuse. A brief rundown […]

They say the eyes are a window to the soul, but they might also provide information on your drinking habits. Individuals with light-colored eyes may be at greater risk for developing alcohol dependence than their brown-eyed compatriots, genetic researchers from the University of Vermont reported in the July issue of the American Journal of Medical Genetics: […]

Can watching porn lower a young man’s chances of getting married? A study published in the journal of The Institute for the Study of Labor in Germany in November 2014 says it can and does.

A common and potentially toxic additive called levamisole increases the addiction potential of cocaine by making the stimulant drug more rewarding to the brain, research from the Temple University School of Medicine indicates.

Certain changes in brain function help distinguish people with sex addiction from others not affected by this condition, according to recent findings from a group of British and American researchers.

The science of infidelity is still in its infancy, but recent studies have suggested that genetic factors may partly explain why some people are more likely than others to cheat on their romantic partners. However, genetic factors are never the only factors when it comes to human behavior, and these recent research results by no […]

Are you addicted to shopping? If you’ve asked yourself this, you need to stop and consider what role shopping and spending play in your life. Shopping addiction, also known as compulsive shopping or compulsive buying disorder, is a type of behavioral addiction that is similar in many ways to drug addiction. Shopping may still be […]

More than most disruptive habits, problem gambling tends to be an after-dark activity. The quiet anonymity of the evening hours seems to appeal to gamblers who feel the need to hide their behavior from the scrutiny of friends and family.

A new study has uncovered a link between eating disorders and the development of adult-onset diabetes, providing evidence that impulse control issues and depression may lead to an increased likelihood of developing the condition. This is the first time such a link has been uncovered, and in addition to providing further insight into the factors […]