Pornography Causes Similar Brain Activity as Alcoholism-Study Says


The word pornography is derived from the Greek word porneia or fornication. Pornography is the bold portrayal of sexuality for inciting sexual feelings.


Recent researches have revealed that excessive pornography addiction can lead to similar brain activity as seen in drug abused or alcoholism.


Scientists from the Cambridge University have observed changes in the compulsive pornography users which are generally absent in non-users.


The brain of porn addicted individuals show identical brain activity as observed in drug addicts or alcoholics.


Pornography Causes Similar Brain Activity as Alcoholism-Study Says



The MRI scans of porn users have revealed that the reward centres of their brain reacted to the mere sight of explicit material quite similar to the way an alcoholic’s brain would react to the sight of alcohol.


The experts from the Cambridge University analyzed the brain activity of 19 volunteer who were addictive porn users and compared them with a control group who were not compulsive users.


Dr. Valerie Voon, an honorary consultant neuropsychiatrist and the lead researcher stated, “We found greater activity in an area of the brain called the ventral striatum, which is a reward centre, involved in processing reward, motivation and pleasure.”


Dr. Voon added, “When an alcoholic sees an ad for a drink, their brain will light up in a certain way and they will be stimulated in a certain way. We are seeing this same kind of activity in users of pornography.”


The study findings compute with recent unconfirmed reports in the United States that pornography addiction is like a chemical or substance addiction, and are also in favor of David Cameron’s proposal to restrict access to certain pornographic websites.


Dr. Julia Long of the London Feminist Network mentioned, “At the very moment we are having a national debate on the harms of pornography, and not least the enormous amount of porn in teenagers’ and children’s lives, XBIZ is holding sessions specifically aimed at combating any attempts to curb access to internet pornography.”


She said, “Pornographers don’t care about the damage their industry does. Their only concern is profit.”


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