An addiction is a strong and harmful need to regularly have or do something, and typically we think of drugs, cigarettes and alcohol when discussing these compulsions. These are very common addictions that people battle with each day, but there are millions of different addictions in the world and some of these are very, very strange. People that suffer from these cravings will continue to fulfill their need for them despite the negative consequences, and overcoming an addiction is extremely challenging no matter what it is. Here are 10 of the strangest addictions that people are known to suffer from.
10. Ice Chewing
Although hardly a dangerous or deadly addiction, ice chewing is still an addiction nonetheless and people all around the world have to deal with a compulsion to chew on ice every single day. This is known as pagophagia, and is often an indicator of iron deficiency anemia. Pagophagia is also a form of pica, where people are addicted to eating items which have no nutritional value. In addition to not being a particularly bad addiction, ice chewing is also straightforward to treat as it simply requires treating the iron deficiency through an improved diet or through supplements. However, sometimes ice chewing cravings can come from a developmental disorder or too much stress. It is thought that 2% of American males aged 18+ suffer from pagophagia, whilst 16% of women aged 16 to 19 have it (according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).