One part of the brain has been found to be key to addiction - whether it's to drugs, alcohol or solvents. Scientists have found that if you're born with this predisposition, your chances of falling into an addiction of one kind or another is greatly increased. The Blog hates hearing about such sad cases of predetermination, being a firm believer in nurture over nature, so it was something a relief to come across this small piece "Way too Lippy" in the Times on Friday, tucked away after the 45-pages on Barack Obama, that tells of the latest chemical addiction ravaging our nation: lipbalm addiction.
When you think about the terrible alternatives, this could be just the least harmful addiction on offer. Clean and healthy, lipbalm (most commonly petrolatum but also beeswax and other green alternatives) retails at minimal cost, and with supermarkets and petrol stations open 24 hours/day, it's easily available round the clock.