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Robinson, Matthew (2022) Eating ourselves to death: how food is a drug and what food abuse costs. Drug Science, Policy and Law, 8, https://doi.org/10.1177/20503245221112577.

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The objective of this paper is to examine definitions of the terms “drug,” “drug use, “drug abuse,” and “addiction” to determine if the most commonly consumed foods in America are similar or consistent with drug use, abuse, and addiction. The methodology consists of reviewing published studies in the “food addiction” literature to determine if any consensus on the issue is achieved. Further, the author analyzes research on harms (including illness, death, medical costs and productivity losses) of illicit drugs, licit drugs, and foods. The author finds evidence that some food consumption is consistent with drug use and drug abuse, and that food addiction is real. Further, the harms caused by the unhealthy foods we eat dwarf those caused by crime and illegal drugs combined. Based on the data, the author suggests we reprioritize what we believe to be dangerous and “criminal” as well as rethink the “war on drugs.”

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International, Open Access, Article
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Behavioural addiction
August 2022
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