Experts link gambling addiction to changes in the brain, alcohol addiction and genetic qualifiers—and easy access to temptations like slot machines. In Kenya gambling addiction among youth has reached the highest levels on the African continent, according to a report by the Daily Nation. While the government is cracking down on illegal gaming, slot machines continue to pop up in front of stores and even in rural communities.
Some may cry when they have had too much to drink. Some may look to get into a fight. And some may become the life of the party. Anyone who has had something to drink knows that alcohol impacts how you feel and think. Now researchers are beginning to understand the specifics of how alcohol affects the mind and emotions, specifically how different types of alcohol will make a person feel.
New studies show that sex and porn addiction are on the rise in Malaysia, and those most affected are the country’s youth. You may have discovered your sexuality the same way that many Malaysian youths do – by having a friend or schoolmate introduce you to porn. In fact, young people are first exposed to sex via pornography at an early age.
The tragic and brutal death of a Chinese teen at an internet addiction treatment ‘boot camp’ has rekindled a growing sense of outrage at how addiction is treated at some rehabs in Asia. As headlines like this continue to emerge, how can parents separate the good operators from the bad? A Chinese teenager has died after spending a mere 48 hours at an internet addiction treatment centre in China’s Anhui province. This is one of a string of shocking incidents related to ‘boot camp’ rehab centres and has ignited fury across the nation regarding what many consider to be unacceptably harsh practices at these centres.
Japan’s love of pachinko is no secret, but the role it plays in fuelling gambling addiction is often overlooked. As the country prepares to legalise casinos, many Japanese people are asking whether a permissive stance on gambling is really what the country needs. Pachinko machines have become a fixture of modern-day Japanese society. Similar to pinball, pachinko is a self-contained, arcade-style game that sees players firing little silver balls through a gauntlet of moving obstacles, flashing lights and digital displays. But unlike pinball, pachinko often rewards players in cash.
Hong Kong police are ramping up cannabis seizures, which are currently at a decades-long high. With steep fines and lengthy prison terms at stake – is using worth the risk? Marijuana is one of the most-abused drugs in the world, leading to cannabis addiction in many cases. In some places, authorities are taking notice – and cracking down.
Scientists recently identified the most addictive foods in the world. Here we look at the five most addictive, and just why we want to eat them so much. Have you ever wondered why the foods you know are bad for you are the most tempting? Why does that slice of pizza look better than that salad, or why do you find yourself always ordering the burger instead of the healthier options on the menu?
Relocating can vastly improve your chances of making a full and successful recovery from drug or alcohol dependence. If you’re looking for a fresh start, here are five of the best sober cities in Asia. Changing location while in recovery, or “pulling a geographic” as it is often known, is a hot topic among addiction counsellors and recovering addicts. While many advise against it in the early stages of recovery, relocating has helped many stay free of drugs and alcohol.
Mindfulness practice is hugely beneficial to recovery – meditation should be a part of any comprehensive treatment plan. Don’t know where to start? These six apps have you covered. Mindfulness meditation offers the following benefits to people recovering from addiction: Reduced stress Strengthened immune system function Improved, balanced energy levels Aids in flushing out toxins
A recent study shows young South Koreans’ risk of internet addiction is five-fold that of Japanese students in the same age range. The study raises concerns about the hyper-connected Asian nation’s propensity for cyber addiction, and its potential health risks.