Tag: Addiction

Gaming

Gambling in Gaming

Gambling can be a slippery slope and in the gaming industry it is commonly linked to online poker, or slot machines. But gambling is so intrinsically linked to gaming that it appears even in games that you wouldn’t necessarily expect. Yet what is more concerning is that it appears in a form that even young…

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Teenage mental health in decline

Adolescence is the prime time for mental health disorders to emerge, with half of all mental problems beginning in early teenage years. Researchers from Liverpool and London have uncovered a decrease in the mental wellbeing of UK teenagers; a finding that is mirrored in teenagers across the globe. Data was collected from two large groups…

Features

Gambling

The NUS has conducted research into the gambling habits of students at university. Their definition of gambling ranges from buying scratch cards over the counter to playing poker at casinos. Research showed that over half of students who gambled did so to supplement their income, and that nearly a quarter of those felt guilty when…

Science

Is the internet making us ill?

Reports of internet-related medical conditions are on the rise. From cyberchondria to cyber hoarding, many of these techno-age disorders are thought to be digital versions of analogue conditions. Whilst most internet usage is not dangerous to health, specialists are interested in understanding whether these new conditions are likely to be short or long-term issues, and…

Science

Medicinal cannabis on path for legalisation

It is now September. The long days of summer are fleeting, and autumn will soon be in our midst. While the green leaves turn into sunsets on the trees, a different type of greenery is soon to be available to purchase for “exceptional circumstances”. As of this new season, specialist doctors in the UK will…

TV

Patrick Melrose and the trauma of the aristocracy

  Downton Abbey, The Crown, countless World War II dramas — British television loves to romanticise the aristocracy. The lives of the rich, upper elite have unquestionably been glamourised and idealised over and over again on our screens, perpetuating the social institutions that continue to plague English society across the globe.  Television, in my opinion,…

Features

When films go too far

Pornography – whilst most see it as a simple bit of fun and escapism, for some it is a potentially dangerous route into excess. Although there is little concrete evidence, experts are becoming increasingly convinced that pornography addiction is on the rise, thanks to easy access to adult films provided by free streaming sites like…

Finance

Students gambling with their future

Research into student gambling has reignited questioning as to whether government regulation on the betting industry should increase. A survey conducted for the Gambling Commission concluded many students put their health and education at risk after falling into dangerous gambling habits. The National Union of Students (NUS) said gambling is seen as “a quick fix”…

Features

Is it the privilege of the rich to abuse their bodies?

Most agree that it is common sense not to systematically wreck our body, our vehicle for experiencing the world. Yet when it comes to drink, drugs and diet we are often far from logical. However surely people have free will and are autonomous enough to make their own lifestyle choices no matter the risk. David…

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