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Addictive personality

When a tendency to overindulge becomes an addiction, there can be many factors at play. One thing we can’t blame (however tempting) is our personality, says behavioural addiction expert Dr Mark Griffiths

CHRISTMAS IS TYPICALLY A TIME FOR EXCESS. Excessive eating. Excessive drinking. Excessive smoking. But it doesn’t stop there. Individuals often say they’re ‘addicted’ as an excuse for overindulging in all sorts of things. Why does it happen? In the 30 years I’ve been carrying out research into addiction, the question I’ve been asked the most is whether there really is such a thing as an ‘addictive personality’.

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A healthier Christmas all wrapped up in this festive issue. Lower stress with our expert guide that helps you relax and take holiday pressure in your stride. Food wise, all the classics, from turkey to trifle, have been made healthier, plus tips for feeding veggie or gluten-free guests. And, of course, there’s chocolate! HFG nutritionists reveal the healthiest treats. Plus, ways to beat colds and flu, and get better faster.