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The Ultimate Addiction Quiz
by Staff
Paired with the right (or rather, wrong) circumstances, people can become addicted to just about anything. How much do you know about addiction?

In the United States, which substance is most often abused?

  • Heroin
  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana

With regard to addiction, what are co-occurring disorders?

  • Physical affects of addiction
  • Disorders that distract sufferers from becoming addicts
  • Mental health conditions that happen at the same time as addiction

In the past month, about how many Americans aged 12 or older used illegal drugs?

  • 10 million
  • 20 million
  • 40 million

How many times more likely are men to be addicted to alcohol compared to women?

  • Three times as likely
  • Twice as likely
  • About the same likelihood

Per million people, which ethnic group experiences the most alcohol-poisoning deaths in the United States?

  • Native Americans
  • Whites
  • Asians

A 2012 study found that what percentage of addicts had a co-occurring disorder?

  • 40%
  • 50%
  • 60%

About what percentage of Americans older than 26 have tried crack cocaine?

  • 12%
  • 4%
  • 7%

In the past 20 years, overdose deaths attributed to which substance have tripled?

  • Heroin
  • Prescription pain killers
  • Meth

Three-quarters of alcohol poisoning deaths include people in which age range?

  • 17 to 26
  • 27 to 35
  • 35 to 64

Synthetic cathinones can lead to a breakdown of which bodily structure?

  • Heart tissue
  • Lung tissue
  • Skeletal muscle tissue

Substance abuse winds up costing U.S. society about how much each year?

  • $600 billion
  • $1.5 trillion
  • $18 billion

Of that $600 billion, how much of that addiction burden is attributed to tobacco use?

  • about $50 billion
  • about $190 billion
  • about $350 billion

Binge drinking accounts for what percentage of the total cost of alcohol misuse?

  • 50%
  • 75%
  • 90%

What is "marijuana use disorder?"

  • a Prelude to possible addiction
  • Using marijuana in states where it's not legal
  • Consuming marijuana more than four times per week

About what percentage of liver disease deaths are caused by alcohol abuse?

  • about 25%
  • about 50%
  • about 70%

Cocaine and meth cause nerve cells to release large quantities of what?

  • Dopamine
  • Adrenaline
  • Opiods

What happens to a person's body when they regularly use drugs that cause spikes in dopamine?

  • The body withers.
  • The body shuts down slowly.
  • The body produces less natural dopamine.

If your social circle includes people who often use drugs, you are more likely to use drugs, too.

  • TRUE
  • FALSE

What is the most-abused illicit drug in the United States?

  • Marijuana
  • Meth
  • Cocaine

Drug addiction is a chronic, repeating disease of what?

  • the Brain
  • the Heart
  • the Mind

Methadone is often used to wean addicts off of which substance?

  • Heroin
  • Alcohol
  • Cocaine

"Shatter" is a nickname for which substance?

  • Meth crystals
  • Crushed opiate pills
  • Marijuana concentrate

About how many prescriptions were written for opioid pain relievers in 2013?

  • about 207 million
  • about 131 million
  • about 76 million

What substance was the cause of 17% of admissions to publicly funded substance abuse treatment programs in 2008?

  • Marijuana
  • Alcohol
  • Crack

According to one study, about how many IQ points did heavy marijuana smokers lose between the ages of 13 and 38?

  • 8 points
  • 18 points
  • 28 points

In 2014, how many Americans voluntarily sought treatment for marijuana addiction?

  • 135,000
  • 980,000
  • 1.3 million

In relationship to addiction, what are so-called "protective factors?"

  • Factors that contribute to drug use
  • Factors that help prevent drug abuse
  • using one drug to counter the effects of another

What is a true hallmark of drug addiction?

  • Doctor shopping
  • Impaired self control
  • the use of harder and harder drugs

What percentage of people who use marijuana may develop addiction to the drug?

  • about 9%
  • about 19%
  • about 29%

What percentage of an addiction may be caused by genetic factors?

  • 20 to 30%
  • 40 to 60%
  • 60 to 70%