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How are tobacco addiction and alcoholism similar tendenceies?

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Dr. Edward Smith
Neurology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Habits are habits

Addictive behavior has common underpinnings despite the various chemicals, physical or mechanical, or ritualistic, behaviors may initiate them. Areas of the brain are involved similarly regardless of the addicting substance.
Dopamine is a prime mediator of addiction.

In brief: Habits are habits

Addictive behavior has common underpinnings despite the various chemicals, physical or mechanical, or ritualistic, behaviors may initiate them. Areas of the brain are involved similarly regardless of the addicting substance.
Dopamine is a prime mediator of addiction.
Dr. Edward Smith
Dr. Edward Smith
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Dr. Kevin Passer
Pediatrics - Psychiatry

In brief: Rituals

Some call these automatic behaviors.
It's like 'the smoke bone's connected to the drink bone.' it's hard to stop doing stuff your used to. Did you ever turn the wrong way in your car, because your used to going that way, and you should go another way and you didn't? That is an example of automatic thinking. One has to be aware in order to be in control. Stopping smoking and drinking might........?

In brief: Rituals

Some call these automatic behaviors.
It's like 'the smoke bone's connected to the drink bone.' it's hard to stop doing stuff your used to. Did you ever turn the wrong way in your car, because your used to going that way, and you should go another way and you didn't? That is an example of automatic thinking. One has to be aware in order to be in control. Stopping smoking and drinking might........?
Dr. Kevin Passer
Dr. Kevin Passer
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