Surprising Addictions
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Surprising Addictions

From working to sex, too much of anything usually isn't good. Take this quiz to test your smarts on surprising addictions.

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Question 1 of 20 Correct

Sex addiction is more common in…

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The correct answer is: Sex addiction is more common in men, but it can affect anyone.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

Which of the following is a warning sign of sex addiction?

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The correct answer is: All of the above are symptoms. Frequently engaging in phone sex or cybersex is also a sign of a problem.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

True or false: You can become addicted to tanning

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The correct answer is: This is true. Recent studies have shown that exposure to ultraviolet rays, particularly from a tanning bed, can trigger a response in the brain that is similar to the response seen in people who are addicted to drugs and alcohol.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

Why do people get addicted to shopping?

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The correct answer is: Compulsive shoppers usually buy items to fill a void, like the need for love. Instead of mindlessly buying things, consciously nurture your inner light by purchasing items that truly remind you of your childhood, make you feel safe, or express your unique personality.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

People who work more than how many number of hours per week may be considered workaholics?

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The correct answer is: Though it really depends on the individual, people who work more than 60 hours a week are colloquially called workaholics. Workaholics are typically those who can't put down their smartphone, always feel the need to check email or constantly bring papers to review or reports to read while on vacation.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

Which of these is a characteristic of a workaholic?

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The correct answer is: A person with a significant emotional involvement in work -- that is, her job causes more than or as many emotional ups and downs as her personal life -- may be a workaholic. Workaholics invest a lot of emotional wealth in their jobs, and it shows. Other characteristics of a workaholic: a high level of involvement with work (again, not being able to put down the phone) and a high motivation for work.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

People who achieve a healthy work-life balance are…

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The correct answer is: When you attain your ideal work-life balance, research shows that you'll be more productive, stay with a job for a longer time and have a higher sense of dedication to your employer. That's why so many companies stress to their employees the importance of finding a work-life balance. In the end, it benefits everyone.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

What effect can being a workaholic have on your physical health?

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The correct answer is: All of the above are health risks for workaholics. Too much stress from your job can increase your risk for cardiovascular disease and musculoskeletal disorders, and it also puts you at an increased risk for depression, anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

Some could call workaholics stressaholics. What effect does stress have on the immune system?

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The correct answer is: Doesn't it always seem that just when you need your body to behave, you find yourself wrapped in a blanket, battling a fever? That's because never-ending stress can make you sick. Stress suppresses your immune system, which can increase your risk for an infection or illness. For your own health, look for ways to curb stress, like a massage, reading a good book, or anything that helps you relax. Both your mind and your body will be healthier in the end.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

A person who is experiencing too much stress, whether from work or her personal life, is more likely to sleep…

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The correct answer is: Stress can wreak havoc on sleep. People who are stressed out may suffer from insomnia, or fatigue may leave them so tired they find it hard to crawl out of bed. Other symptoms of too much stress: anxiety, muscle tension, headaches, substance abuse, crying spells and an increase in accidents.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

Know a sugarholic? Animal studies found that sugar gives the same kind of neurochemical kick as…

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The correct answer is: Recent research on rats found that they get the same neurochemical kick from sugar as they do from morphine, cocaine, and nicotine. We think that this surge of pleasure is behind sugar addiction in humans, too.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

True or false: You can kick your sugar habit by using the same principles to quit smoking.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Follow this six-step plan. Make a pact with yourself to cut sugar out of your life. Set a quit date at least a month from today. Start walking 30 minutes a day. Cut back gradually. Begin by reducing the sugar you add to tea and coffee. Visualize a slimmer, healthier you. Think of the three biggest reasons why you want to live a sugar-free life.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

Which of these addictions have people been known to do in their sleep?

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The correct answer is: Sleep texting is a rising phenomenon among teens: Teens are reaching for their phones during the night, firing off messages, and waking with no recollection of their actions.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

A study found that which of the following activities raises a child's risk of substance abuse?

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The correct answer is: The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University found that teens who use social networking websites are more likely to drink, smoke and do drugs. Teens who spent any time during the day on such sites were five times likelier to use tobacco, three times likelier to use alcohol, and twice as likely to use marijuana.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

What are withdrawal symptoms of caffeine addiction?

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The correct answer is: All of the above are symptoms of caffeine withdrawal. To find out if you're addicted to caffeine, just try to stop drinking it. If you feel any of these symptoms you should begin to reduce your intake.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

Caffeine addiction goes hand in hand with what other type of addiction?

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The correct answer is: Drinking excess caffeine aggravates symptoms of sugar addiction. It also makes you tired, and that makes you reach for sugar to artificially boost your energy.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

Women who drink more than how many drinks per week are most likely to become alcoholics?

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The correct answer is: According to the National Institue for Alcohol Abuse, 7 or more drinks each week increases a woman's risk of becoming an alcoholic. (It's 14 drinks a week for men.) Consuming that much alcohol raises your risk for developing a dependency. If you drink this much each week, speak with your doctor about cutting back and quitting before your problem accelerates.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

Which of these is a common behavior in alcoholics?

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The correct answer is: The symptoms of alcoholism are psychological, physical and social. Alcoholics often lose friends, either because of the addiction itself or because of side effects from the addiction. Alcoholics are also more likely to drink before breakfast and to be unexpectedly absent from work more than usual. Other symptoms: depression, frequent accidents, flushed face and unexplained bruises.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

How quickly can you become addicted to cigarettes?

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The correct answer is: In as few as two days of smoking cigarettes, your body may begin showing signs of addiction, and despite what you might think, you can't always quit whenever you want. Nicotine is a powerful chemical with a very strong hold on your body once it's in it.

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

Which of these characteristics of fast food is thought to trigger excitement centers in the brain, leading to addiction?

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The correct answer is: Some experts think extremely greasy foods can excite areas of the brain associated with addiction. Other factors can get people hooked on fast food as well: High levels of fat, sodium, and sugar can make you crave salty, sweet and fatty foods. Plus, fast food tends to be processed, lacking fiber and nutrients. These missing ingredients can cause drops in blood sugar which can lead to sweet cravings. But mostly, fast food is often addictive because it's intensely flavored, cheap and easy to come by.

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