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Is computer game addiction similar to alcohol addiction, drug addiction, or a gambling addiction?
11 doctors weighed in

4 doctors agree
In brief: Yes.
Anything that a number of people do compulsively to the detriment of their health or function, qualifies as an addiction.

In brief: Yes.
Anything that a number of people do compulsively to the detriment of their health or function, qualifies as an addiction.
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
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Dr. Steven Reidbord
Psychiatry
3 doctors agree
In brief: Addictions differ
Addictions to chemical substances (eg, alcohol, heroin, nicotine) reflect the original meaning of the word addiction, which includes biological drug tolerance and withdrawal symptoms as well as compulsive behavior to maintain the addiction.
Behavioral addictions (eg, gambling, sex, internet, food) are similar in some respects and different in others. All can be serious problems.

In brief: Addictions differ
Addictions to chemical substances (eg, alcohol, heroin, nicotine) reflect the original meaning of the word addiction, which includes biological drug tolerance and withdrawal symptoms as well as compulsive behavior to maintain the addiction.
Behavioral addictions (eg, gambling, sex, internet, food) are similar in some respects and different in others. All can be serious problems.
Dr. Steven Reidbord
Dr. Steven Reidbord
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Dr. Ravi Srivastava
Addiction Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
Yes.

In brief: Yes
Yes.
Dr. Ravi Srivastava
Dr. Ravi Srivastava
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