Sex addiction affects brain in ‘same way as drugs’

“Is compulsive sexual behaviour comparable to drug addiction?” asked The Guardian today. This and other related headlines came from a UK study that looked at brain scans of 19 men with compulsive sexual behaviour (CSB) while they watched either sexually explicit, erotic or non-sexual videos. CSB is a not a well-established diagnosis as it does […]

Poor oxytocin development could be to blame for alcohol and drug addiction

New research from the University of Adelaide in Australia suggests that poor development of oxytocin in early childhood may explain why some individuals succumb to addictive behavior, such as alcohol or drug abuse.Oxytocin, more commonly referred to as the “love hormone,” is known to play an important role in partnership, social interaction and maternal behavior. […]

Are e-cigarettes a ‘gateway to nicotine addiction’?

“E-cigarettes are encouraging a new generation to become hooked on nicotine,” reports the Mail Online. E-cigarettes are devices that deliver a heated aerosol (“vapour”) of nicotine in a way that mimics conventional cigarettes. But they have lower levels of toxins such as tar than a conventional tobacco cigarette. They are marketed as a safer alternative […]