If you combine alcohol with energy drinks, you might end up with a long-term problem: addiction. In fact, energy drink cocktails can affect the teenage brain similarly to cocaine.

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You may already know that too much alcohol can eventually destroy your liver. But alcohol can also affect another important organ: the pancreas.

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Mysteries remain in the bends and folds of the brain. It is a complex organ responsible for all that we do, and we do not yet fully understand how it works

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When you eat something loaded with sugar, your taste buds, your gut and brain all take notice. This activates a reward system not unlike how our bodies process addictive substances such as alcohol or nicotine - dopamine levels spike and you crave more. (5:02 min.)

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Can social media be addictive in a similar way to substances like alcohol and narcotics?

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Even when people know tanning is bad for their health, they still seem drawn to it in much the same way as addictive drugs.

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The CBC reports on how companies can use science to create addictive foods.

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Even though we can medically treat withdrawal symptoms, we also need to pay attention to what is happening in the brain's command centre that makes people crave the drugs, and ultimately come back for more.

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Targeting the teenage demographic may seem like a wise idea to coffee chains; however, a problem arises when teens are encouraged to drink caffeinated beverages without realizing the possible consequences to their bodies.

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