UK - Addiction to pornography the cause of alcohol and drug abuse A Cambridge University study proves that people addicted to pornography show similar brain activity to alcoholics and drug addicts. MRI scans of test subjects who admitted compulsive pornography use showed the reward centers reacted to seeing explicit material in the same way as an alcoholic's might on seeing a drinks advert. Lead scientist Dr Valerie Voon said "We found greater activity in an area of the brain called the ventral striatum, a reward centre, involved in processing reward, motivation and pleasure. 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".

UK - British Telecom broadband customers to choose porn filters on or off One of Britain's biggest broadband providers British Telecom will contact its existing seven million customers to make a decision on which level of content they want to access. And for the first time, new customers with BT will have to actively choose whether to have filters off in a move designed to protect children, the company said.

Australia - Study reveals high price of porn addiction Habitual viewers of porn often mess up their lives, according to preliminary analysis of a new study conducted by University of Sydney academics, who believe the problem is caused in part by the easily availability of online porn. Dr Gomathi Sitharthan from the University's Faculty of Health Sciences and Professor Raj Sitharthan from its Department of Psychiatry, surveyed 800 habitual online smut viewers and found "excessive users had severe social and relationship problems and had often lost their jobs or been in trouble with the law as a result of their addiction." said Dr Sitharthan. "We are finding that people do understand that their excessive porn viewing is impacting on their lives and they want to change."