The reason why "everything" is addictive is because of the anti-tobacco movement and the Surgeon General Everett Koop.
The ability of something to be "addictive" used to be well-defined. In order for a drug to be considered addictive,
1. it had to have the ability to intoxicate the mind (ie a person's ability to choose or not choose to take the drug was compromised by
2. Sudden withdrawal of the drug had to have the ability to be life-threatening (ie alcohol and dt's)
3. the drug had the characteristic of causing the person to do anything to get more of it (ie heroin addicts will break the law and commit crimes to
get money to get more heroin).
4. The drug would have cause the user to require ever increasing dosages in order to achieve the same effect.
With this definition - there were only 5 or 6 substances on the planet that were considered to be addictive. Opiates, alcohol etc.
Anti-smokers were NOT happy with this definition. Their premise is that smoking tobacco was addictive and the tobacco companies were drug-dealers
that enslaved the population. Nictotene was re-classed as an addictive drug.
The use of nicotene does NOT cause intoxication, smokers do NOT require ever increasing dosages, withdrawal does not cause life-threatening
So what the Surgeon General did - in order to fully support the anti-tobacco crusaders was to change the definition of the word addiction. Now a drug
no longer needs to be intoxicating. It needs merely to cause the brain to release endorphins (the natural feel-good chemicals of the brain).
Of course - many activities cause the release of endorphins. So under this weakened definition of "addiction" anything is addictive, sex, eating,
physical exercise. Anything that causes a human being to feel pleasure can now be considered addictive.
Funny thing though - if you read the chemical characteristics of nicotene - it oxidizes at very very low temperatures. Nicotene cannot survive
burning. It oxidizes into niacin (vitamin B12). That is what smokers are inhaling.
I provide here links to the 1988 Surgeon General's report and a copy of the chemical characteristics of nicotene.
MSDS for Nicotene
Explanation of how Vitamin B12 (niacin) is obtained by oxidizing Nicotene
Of course, by corrupting the definition of addiction to try and make sure that nicotene could be classed as a drug and support the theory that tobacco
companies were drug pushers and smokers were addicts, the meaning of the word addiction became so loosely defined that anything could be addictive.
This provides the basis by which anti-obesity campaigners could also truthfully state that food was addictive.
It is my contention that if everything is addictive then in fact, the word has no meaning and in truth, nothing is addictive. The feeling pleasure in
human beings is far to meaningful and important to corrupt it and use it as a whip to castigate anyone whose lifestyle choices you don't happen to
Tired of Control Freaks.