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Short, easy, fun, youtube series on addiction

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A youtube series on addiction by an M.D. who's an addict. Each video is only about 2-3 minutes. Conversational, easy to listen to, and informative. I really liked them.

PART 1 - Is Addiction Really a Disease?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ekDFv7TTZ4I

PART 2 - The Choice Argument
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_scpXuE4rk&feature=related

PART 3 - The Genetics of Addiction?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ja6NGeQZoQM&feature=related

PART 4 – Dopamine's Role in Reward
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ql_wAovRKO8&feature=related

PART 5 – Periodic Table of Intoxicants

Cola lowers sperm count

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Cola and unhealthy lifestyle lower sperm count

(PhysOrg.com) -- A Danish study suggests drinking a lot of cola regularly could men’s lower sperm count by almost 30 percent.

The culprit does not appear to be caffeine, since coffee did not have the same effect, even though it contains even more caffeine than cola.

7 Reasons You're Still Hungry

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7 Reasons You're Still Hungry

Do you sometimes feel ravenous, even though you just polished off a tasty lunch, a full dinner, or a midnight snack? Some food ingredients can trick our bodies into not recognizing when we’re full, causing “rebound hunger” that can add inches to our waistlines. But these simple tweaks from the authors of The New American Diet can help quiet your cravings.

Craving culprit: You drink too much soda.

To a Casino - you are a fruit fly

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Slots dangle reward just out of reach
Monitor staff
March 19, 2010

Some veteran opponents of video slot machines, the crack cocaine of gaming, are in financial extremis. They are caught between their desire to help the downtrodden, their opposition to the ills that come with expanded gambling and a governor who, like his predecessors, prefers a 17th-century tax structure to its alternatives.

Dopamine, Wall Street and the Financial Meltdown

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Dopamine, Wall Street and the Financial Meltdown

Neuroscientists have known for many years that the neurotransmitter dopamine plays a major role in drug addiction.
More recently, scientists have discovered that dopamine also plays a big part in basic risk-taking behavior.

For example, Time wrote in 2007:

Wired for Intimacy: How Pornography Hijacks the Male Brain

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Thanks for the tip.
This is a new book, by a professor, an actual neuroscientist. I have only skimmed one chapter "Your Brain on Porn", which starts on page 83. Seems really good, full, and is more technical than we get.
He teaches at a Christian college
Search for it on Google books - it has the entire chapter up there. Heck, the whole book may be up there.

Wired for Intimacy: How Pornography Hijacks the Male Brain, By William M. Struthers

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