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    Top 10 addictions: Are you or someone you know addicted to any of these?

    Top Ten Addictions (My personal addictions: Coffee, Alcohol (wine), Internet, Sex) Ouch!!!

    Most people know about the dangers of alcohol, drugs and nicotine. But these aren't the only - or even the most prevalent - addictive substances.

    Some people have behavioral addictions, too. It's possible to take virtually anything to excess from caffeine to shopping to sex. Here are the top 10 sources of addiction and the numbers of Americans who can't break free.

    Coffee

    Caffeine is a powerful stimulant that works on the same area of the brain as amphetamines, cocaine, morphine and nicotine. The average American drinks three to four cups a day.

    As many as 30 percent of coffee drinkers down six to seven cups a day. That's enough to qualify as a caffeine addiction. Although, even one regular cup of coffee can cause withdrawal symptoms such as headache, fatigue, depression, irritability, difficulty concentrating, nausea, vomiting and muscle pain.

    Gambling

    From casinos to lotteries, the gambling (also called gaming) industry has exploded in American culture. More than 80 percent of U.S. adults have gambled at least once in the past year. About 1 percent of adults are pathological gamblers, notes the National Council on Problem Gambling. Another 2 to 3 percent have less significant, yet still serious, gambling problems.

    Compulsive shopping

    Studies estimate that as many as 17 million Americans can't control their urge to shop, even at the expense of jobs, marriage, family and finances. A 1992 University of Sussex study claimed that the vast majority of compulsive shoppers - about 90 percent - are women. But researchers now believe men have misidentified themselves as "collectors" of electronics, hardware and CDs - when they are actually shopaholics.

    The Internet

    Of the roughly 6 million Internet addicts, most are hooked on sex sites with pornography or cybersex chat rooms. David Greenfield, founder of the Center for Internet Studies, surveyed Internet users and found that 62 percent admitted logging on to pornographic sites for an average of four hours a week; 37.5 percent said they masturbated while online.

    Experts note that men and women are susceptible to Internet addictions at roughly the same rates.

    Food addiction

    Call it binge eating, compulsive eating or a food addiction, it's a little-recognized - but extremely common - eating disorder. About 2 percent of adults in the U.S. have binge-eating disorder.

    Most people with binge-eating disorder are obese (20 percent above a healthy body weight), but normal-weight people are also affected. Binge-eating disorder is slightly more common in women than in men - three women for every two men have it.

    Sex addiction

    Sexual addiction has many different forms, including compulsive masturbation, sex with prostitutes, anonymous sex with multiple partners, multiple affairs outside a committed relationship, habitual exhibitionism and voyeurism. Experts estimate that 8 percent of men and 3 percent of women are sexually addicted.

    Alcoholism

    Alcohol abuse and alcohol dependence are major public health problems in the U.S., costing an estimated $170 billion annually for associated medical issues such as liver and kidney failure, drunk-driving accidents and violent crimes.

    Half of all Americans consume alcohol. About 10 percent of alcohol drinkers are considered alcoholics.

    Heroin

    Few illegal drugs are as deadly and addictive as heroin. The 2003 National Survey on Drug Use and Health estimated that 3.7 million people had used heroin at some time in their lives. An estimated 314,000 Americans had used heroin in the past year. In 2002, 13,000 youths between the ages of 12 and 17 had used heroin at least once in the last year.

    Marijuana

    Is marijuana addictive? The debate rages on. But marijuana is undeniably the most frequently used illegal drug in the U.S. Nearly 95 million Americans over the age of 12 have tried marijuana at least once.

    Nicotine

    As addictive as heroin, nicotine is statistically far more deadly. In the U.S., tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death. More than 400,000 Americans die from smoking-related illnesses each year.

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    I jack off, drink a lot of beer and smoke pot. None of them are a problem.

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    [QUOTE=OrangeJet;3372555]I jack off, drink a lot of beer and smoke pot. None of them are a problem.[/QUOTE]

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    [QUOTE=82nd Airborne;3372552]Top Ten Addictions (My personal addictions: Coffee, Alcohol (wine), Internet, Sex) Ouch!!!

    Most people know about the dangers of alcohol, drugs and nicotine. But these aren't the only - or even the most prevalent - addictive substances.

    Some people have behavioral addictions, too. It's possible to take virtually anything to excess from caffeine to shopping to sex. Here are the top 10 sources of addiction and the numbers of Americans who can't break free.

    Coffee

    Caffeine is a powerful stimulant that works on the same area of the brain as amphetamines, cocaine, morphine and nicotine. The average American drinks three to four cups a day.

    As many as 30 percent of coffee drinkers down six to seven cups a day. That's enough to qualify as a caffeine addiction. Although, even one regular cup of coffee can cause withdrawal symptoms such as headache, fatigue, depression, irritability, difficulty concentrating, nausea, vomiting and muscle pain.

    Gambling

    From casinos to lotteries, the gambling (also called gaming) industry has exploded in American culture. More than 80 percent of U.S. adults have gambled at least once in the past year. About 1 percent of adults are pathological gamblers, notes the National Council on Problem Gambling. Another 2 to 3 percent have less significant, yet still serious, gambling problems.

    Compulsive shopping

    Studies estimate that as many as 17 million Americans can't control their urge to shop, even at the expense of jobs, marriage, family and finances. A 1992 University of Sussex study claimed that the vast majority of compulsive shoppers - about 90 percent - are women. But researchers now believe men have misidentified themselves as "collectors" of electronics, hardware and CDs - when they are actually shopaholics.

    The Internet

    Of the roughly 6 million Internet addicts, most are hooked on sex sites with pornography or cybersex chat rooms. David Greenfield, founder of the Center for Internet Studies, surveyed Internet users and found that 62 percent admitted logging on to pornographic sites for an average of four hours a week; 37.5 percent said they masturbated while online.

    Experts note that men and women are susceptible to Internet addictions at roughly the same rates.

    Food addiction

    Call it binge eating, compulsive eating or a food addiction, it's a little-recognized - but extremely common - eating disorder. About 2 percent of adults in the U.S. have binge-eating disorder.

    Most people with binge-eating disorder are obese (20 percent above a healthy body weight), but normal-weight people are also affected. Binge-eating disorder is slightly more common in women than in men - three women for every two men have it.

    Sex addiction

    Sexual addiction has many different forms, including compulsive masturbation, sex with prostitutes, anonymous sex with multiple partners, multiple affairs outside a committed relationship, habitual exhibitionism and voyeurism. Experts estimate that 8 percent of men and 3 percent of women are sexually addicted.

    Alcoholism

    Alcohol abuse and alcohol dependence are major public health problems in the U.S., costing an estimated $170 billion annually for associated medical issues such as liver and kidney failure, drunk-driving accidents and violent crimes.

    Half of all Americans consume alcohol. About 10 percent of alcohol drinkers are considered alcoholics.

    Heroin

    Few illegal drugs are as deadly and addictive as heroin. The 2003 National Survey on Drug Use and Health estimated that 3.7 million people had used heroin at some time in their lives. An estimated 314,000 Americans had used heroin in the past year. In 2002, 13,000 youths between the ages of 12 and 17 had used heroin at least once in the last year.

    Marijuana

    Is marijuana addictive? The debate rages on. But marijuana is undeniably the most frequently used illegal drug in the U.S. Nearly 95 million Americans over the age of 12 have tried marijuana at least once.

    Nicotine

    As addictive as heroin, nicotine is statistically far more deadly. In the U.S., tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death. More than 400,000 Americans die from smoking-related illnesses each year.[/QUOTE]

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    [QUOTE=Timmy®;3372560]zero[/QUOTE]

    Congrats! I am in bad shape, 40%

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    [QUOTE=82nd Airborne;3372562]Congrats! I am in bad shape, 40%[/QUOTE]

    I looked again, I'm changing my answer to zero or six.

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    [QUOTE=Timmy®;3372575]I looked again, I'm changing my answer to zero or six.[/QUOTE]

    ?? Zero or six?

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    You might as well face it your addicted to love.

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    82nd you never answered how sex ruined you financially.

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    I find it difficult to believe that heroin is on this list but coffee, gambling, shopping, Internet use, food, sex, alcohol, marijuana, and nicotine aren't.

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    i am addicted to money... that wasnt on the list..lol

    and i am addicted to this website(man do i have a problem then ;) )

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    [QUOTE=Jets Things;3372599]I find it difficult to believe that heroin is on this list but coffee, gambling, shopping, Internet use, food, sex, alcohol, marijuana, and nicotine aren't.[/QUOTE]

    Since you are blind, I'm guessing you checked off internet porn?

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    [QUOTE=Timmy®;3372615]Since you are blind, I'm guessing you checked off internet porn?[/QUOTE]

    I'll admit nothing.

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    [QUOTE=RaoulDuke;3372594]82nd you never answered how sex ruined you financially.[/QUOTE]

    I spend money on women that I really like to have sex with!

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    <-----addicted to uber-aggressive music... :nono:

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    Video Games?

    Strip Clubs?

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    [QUOTE=Stan Blinka;3372671]Video Games?

    Strip Clubs?[/QUOTE]

    video games might be a good one to add to the list. I have bought it yet, but some of frinds are discussing the new Call of Duty game like they developed a bad cocaine habit overnight. "Dude, I havent slept in days...."

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    [QUOTE=82nd Airborne;3372642]I spend money on women that I really like to have sex with![/QUOTE]

    I think that's actually called prostitution.

    You should try to meet a non-professional. :D

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    None.

    I enjoy coffee, alcohol, real good food and sex alot, but am not addicted to anything.

    Never smoked pot or cigarettes, never did heroin, hate gambling, shopping is a chore (unless it's for something I really want) and the internet is just something to take up down-time or talk Jets.

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    The Jets...

    Which leads to overconsumption of alcohol. It's cause and effect I tell ya.

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