While sitting in my kid’s room a few nights ago (Yordie won’t settle down without someone in the room), I came up with a theory. I was really enjoying my glass of wine and I started to wonder how to define addiction. Sure, I could stop drinking the wine. But I didn’t want to because I was enjoying it. There’s a fine line in there somewhere. But there must be something I would trade to give up wine for the rest of my life. And, for that matter, there’s something that I would trade to give up all the things I’m “addicted” to. So here’s my list of what I would want to get to give something up for the rest of my life. Apologies to those that subscribe to the clinical DSM-IV definition of addiction (Susan).

Hard alcohol-$5 a week (the occasional margarita would be tough to pass up).
Wine-An extra dinner out (or take out) with my family per week.
Beer-An extra week long vacation with my family per year (yeah I enjoy drinking it that much).
All alcohol-I’d probably do it for the vacation + the dinners out.

Coffee-$10 a week (I’d switch to tea)
Tea-$5 a week (it’s a nice substitute for coffee, but no big deal)
Soft drinks-$1 a week (I drink it rarely, but the occasional substitute is nice)
All Caffeine-An extra dinner out with the family (it’s interesting that I’m an order of magnitude more addicted to caffeine than I am to alcohol, but it would take less for me to give it up. Maybe that’s because I know I should cut back. 🙂

Chocolate in it’s raw form (candy)-$1 a week
Chocolate in baked form-$5 a week (chocolate chip cookies would be hard)
All Chocolate-$5 a week

Writing Blogs-$1 a week (lately it’s becoming harder for me to write good content here; I’ll bet this one varies the most from moth to month).
Reading Blogs-$20 a week (since I have a whole day’s post dedicated to what I find on the web, I’d say I definitely enjoy it.)
Both-$20 a week

I think the value of the items I would trade for would be much smaller if we were talking about giving them up for a fixed amount of time, but I’m thinking about what I would want in exchange for giving them up forever.

So, I tag all of you. Pick one or two (or come up with your own vices) and tell us what you’d want to give them up forever in the comments. Or do the whole list on your blog and leave us a link so we can go and read.

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