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Word Power: Words to talk and write about addictions


Words and Expressions

. addiction

. to be addicted to

. addict

. addictive

 

. to be (get)hooked on

. to kick a habit

. to overcome an addiction

Examples:

Internet addiction is a problem.

He is addicted to computer games.

He is a real television addict.

Gambling can become addictive.

 

She is hooked on gambling.

He smokes, but he wants to
kick the habit.

It is difficult to overcome
an addiction.


He's a pachinkoholic
He's a pachinkoholic.
He tried to overcome this addiction, but it's hard to break the habit.

 

She's a chocoholic.
I think she's a
chocoholic. She seems addicted to chocolate.

 

She's a shopaholic.
She is definitely
a shopaholic. It is clear she is hooked on shopping.



Using suffixes (word endings) to make nouns:

You can use the endings -oholic or -aholic to say a person is an addict.

. alcoholic

. workaholic

. shopaholic

. webaholic

. chocoholic

You can use the ending -ism to name some addictions.

. alcoholism

. workaholism

. shopaholism

. webaholism


Some adjectives used to describe an addict:

. addicted to

. compulsive

. dependent (on)

. hooked on - addicted to


Examples:

He is addicted to the Internet.

She is a compulsive shopper.

 

He is dependent on alcohol.

She's hooked on chocolate.

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