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Addiction Conversation Questions

Warm-up Task:
Brainstorm a list of things that people get addicted to.

ESL Conversation Questions:

  1. Are you addicted to anything?
  2. What is the difference between a habit and an addiction?
  3. Do you have any harmless bad habits? Do they annoy other people?
  4. What are some good habits that you would like to have?
  5. Are you addicted to any television shows? How important is it that you watch each episode?
  6. How much or how often should a person drink to be considered an alcoholic?
  7. What is the most addictive substance in the world? What makes it addictive?
  8. Which addictions are safer than others? Is it okay to be addicted to something like coffee?
  9. Have you ever broken an addiction to something? How did you do it? How hard was it to give that thing up?
  10. Some people replace one addictive behavior with another. Can you think of an example?
  11. Is it true that giving up smoking means you will gain weight? How can this problem be solved?
  12. What is the difference between addictive behavior, like gambling, and consuming an addictive substance, like nicotine (from tobacco)?
  13. Are you a shopaholic? What part of shopping makes people want to shop often?
  14. What is the strangest addiction you have ever heard of?
  15. A few celebrities have admitted to suffering from sex addiction. What do you think about this?
  16. Is having an addiction embarrassing? If so, what is the most embarrassing addiction?
  17. Is there such a thing as an addictive personality? Do you know anyone with an addictive personality? Describe their behavior.
  18. Alcoholics Anonymous is a famous support group for people with drinking problems. What other forms of help can an addicted person get?
  19. Have you ever been to a casino? If so, did you win anything and how did it feel?
  20. Some people lose huge amounts of money gambling. Why can’t they quit playing?


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Health Conversation Questions

Warm-up Questions:
How do you feel today? How much energy do you have these days?

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ESL Conversation Questions:

  1. Are you a healthy person? How often do you get sick?
  2. What are the best ways to avoid getting sick?
  3. Do you take vitamins? Do they really help people, or do they just have a placebo effect?
  4. How often do you get a medical check-up? How often should people get a check-up?
  5. Do you ever wear a face mask in public? Do you wear it to protect yourself or others?
  6. What healthy habits do you have (such as washing your hands before eating)?
  7. Have you ever broken a bone? What happened?
  8. Kids get injured often and seem to recover quickly. How well do you recover from bumps and bruises these days?
  9. Do you trust doctors? Completely? Why or why not?
  10. Who is the healthiest person you know? What do they do to stay healthy?
  11. What is more important to take care of: mental health or physical health?
  12. People sometimes say that ‘laughter is the best medicine’. What do you think this means? Do you agree?
  13. In your country, which traditional remedies or herbal medicines are popular?
  14. Have you tried acupuncture? If so, did it help you? If not, would you like to try it?
  15. Have you ever been faced with an emergency medical situation? What did you do?
  16. Do you feel squeamish when you see blood?
  17. Some people oppose vaccinations because they believe they are risky. Do you believe in being vaccinated?
  18. How do you feel about surgery? Would you consider having surgery that isn’t completely necessary, like plastic surgery?
  19. What foods are good for your health? How important is a person’s diet to keeping them healthy?
  20. Lifespans are getting longer. How long do you expect your generation will live on average?
  21. What are the differences between traditional Eastern and Western medicine?
  22. How do companies in your country treat sick workers? Do employees receive paid leave to help with recovery from sickness?

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