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What’s behind phantom cellphone buzzes?

Have you ever checked your phone thinking you had felt it vibrate or heard it ring, only to see that no one tried to reach you? One researcher decided to study this phenomenon.
Sugar activates the same brain system as drugs such as nicotine and cocaine, meaning consuming it is a behaviour we want to repeat. from www.shutterstock.com.au

Fact or fiction – is sugar addictive?

If you’ve ever tried to cut back on sugar, you may have realised how incredibly difficult it is. This leads to the question: can you be addicted to sugar?
Holiday drinking brings good cheer, but it can also be a sign of problem drinking.

How to know when holiday drinking is hurting your brain

Alcohol contributes to close to 90,000 deaths a year. Because repeated binge drinking damages the brain, it's hard to know when we've developed a problem. Here are some things to consider.
People who haven’t experienced drug dependence often don’t know why it’s so difficult to kick the habit. from www.shutterstock.com.au

Health Check: what makes it so hard to quit drugs?

Regardless of how they are consumed, alcohol and other drugs eventually make their way into the brain via the bloodstream. Once there, they affect how messages are sent through the brain.
Therapeutic group work is a consistent feature of traditional rehab treatments. Horrible Bosses 2 - "Group Therapy" Clip [HD]/YouTube screenshot

Drug rehab and group therapy: do they work?

Thousands of Australians go to residential drug and alcohol rehab programs every year. But is there evidence rehabs, as well as the group therapy they often rely on, actually work?
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The opioid epidemic: Six essential reads

More Americans died from drug overdose in 2014 than any year on record and six in 10 of those involved opioids. How did we get here and what to do about it?
We’ve long heard we can’t blame people for their addiction because it’s a disease, but is it? from www.shutterstock.com.au

Viewpoints: is addiction a disease?

Some think labelling it a disease is a helpful way to think about addiction; others think this makes the addict helpless in their fight against addiction. Two academics debate both sides of the coin.
Governor Charlie Baker of Massachusetts and unidentified woman at a rally in November aiming to destigmatize addiction. Joanne DeCaro/flickr

Some good news on opioid epidemic: Treatment options are expanding

The nation is still in the grip of an opioid addiction epidemic, but there is some good news. Treatment options are expanding, as professionals learn more about the illness.
Games like Pokémon GO cleverly exploit our psychology in the way they dole our rewards to keep players hooked. Shutterstock

The power of rewards and why we seek them out

The Pokemon GO craze has tapped in to our desire to seek out rewards. But there different types of rewards in life, each designed to capture our attention, even train our behaviour.

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