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Top Nine Things People are Addicted to

Top nine Things People Are Addicted To.

In today’s world it’s not hard to get addicted to something either psychologically or physically. Here is a list of the more common addictions people experience today.

1.    Tobacco
Approximately 7.5 million people in the United States are addicted to some form of tobacco. Out of that number 23.4% are men and 18.5 are women both who smoke cigarettes. The largest concentration of smokers in the United States are found in the Midwest. They rank the highest percentage at 44.3%. The age range for this group is between 18 and 25 years old. Nicotine is the culprit for tobacco addiction. Each year millions die worldwide from tobacco use or second hand smoke.

2.    Caffeine
Caffeine is the most widely used stimulant worldwide. Between 80% to 90% of Americans ingest some form of Caffeine daily. Most Americans get their caffeine through coffee and soft drinks. All it takes is one cup of coffee that has 100 mg of caffeine to start the addiction going. It’s also interesting that those 40% to 70% that try to stop their caffeine intake experience withdrawal symptoms.

3.    Food
There are approximately 4 million Americans today with food addictions. Food addictions are associated with depression. The two most common food addictions or disorders are Anorexia and Bulimia. Anorexia is a food addiction where the person eats barely anything and eventually starves because of the fear of being fat. Bulimia a person will gorge and then purge either by vomiting or laxatives in order not to get fat. Both are addictive because the person cannot stop the behavior without intervention. Both addictions can also cause death.

4.    Gambling
In the United States it is estimated that 2 million Americans are afflicted with Gambling addiction. That is 0.67% of the population in the United States. It is an addiction where the brain chemistry is stimulated based on the winning or losing in the process of gambling. A gambling addict will literally sell their shirt or even you if they have to in order to keep gambling.

5.     Internet
Being addicted to the internet is another addiction in the same category like gambling. It is a compulsive behavior that develops into a full blown serious addiction. In this case a person addicted to the internet/computer will spend their whole life on the computer at the expense of doing things like going to work or taking care of their families. It can cost the person their job, money, home and relationships. This is a serious issue.

6.    Sex
About 6 million Americans suffer from sexually addicted behavior. 60% of that figure are women who were sexually abused as children. The source of this type of addiction is dependent on the retransmitted chemicals that occur during a sexual encounter with the addict. This is also a serious addiction. The addict will put themselves in life risking sexual encounters, with strangers and do things like unprotected sex with prostitutes which can be a sure transmitter for HIV.

7.    Alcohol
The United States has about 18.7 million alcoholics today. That is about 7.7.% of the entire US population is addicted to alcohol or an alcoholic. 12,000 daily try alcohol for the first time. Alcohol destroys the body and brain and causes death eventually as well.

8.    Drugs
It is estimated that 3 million people in the US are addicted to a drug. 8000 try a drug in the United States every day. 700,000 are being treated only for their addictions to drugs out of those figures. More than half of first time drug users are females under the age of 18. The most popular of the addictive drugs used are Marijuana, Cocaine and pain killers. There are many drug overdoses that can result in death. Many famous people have died in this way and were in the news because of it

9.    Shopping
Believe it or not one in four Americans regardless of their sex is addicted to shopping. They cannot control this behavior. They will spend their rent to buy something. This is also a serious issue. They shop to compensate for a sense of happiness but shopping does not manifest it. It is as serious as gambling. They will spend money they don’t have and go into serious debt.  A shopping addicted person can lose their homes and relationships because of the compulsive urges of shopping and the failure to control them.

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