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It is frequently claimed that caffeine is an addictive substance

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It is frequently claimed that caffeine is an addictive substance. Its users often show withdrawal symptoms such as headaches and irritability for several days after ceasing caffeine consumption. However, caffeine is not an addictive substance. Those who exhibit caffeine-consuming behavior that seems to evidence an addiction are overwhelmingly those who also have histories of drug or alcohol abuse, and the consumption of caffeine cannot be said to pose any harm to society, unlike the use of alcohol or drugs.

Which of the following is an assumption the author makes?
A For a substance to be addictive, its users must pose a harm to society.
B If one suffers withdrawal symptoms upon ceasing the use of a substance, then one can be said to be addicted to that substance.
C Addictive behavior has the same origin regardless of the substance to which one is addicted.
D The use of caffeine has not resulted in a detriment to society.
E Headaches and irritability upon withdrawal are not necessary components of an addiction to a substance.

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Originally posted by JarvisR on 08 Sep 2014, 08:01.
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It is frequently claimed that caffeine is an addictive substance. Its users often show withdrawal symptoms such as headaches and irritability for several days after ceasing caffeine consumption. However, caffeine is not an addictive substance. Those who exhibit caffeine-consuming behavior that seems to evidence an addiction are overwhelmingly those who also have histories of drug or alcohol abuse, and the consumption of caffeine cannot be said to pose any harm to society, unlike the use of alcohol or drugs.

Which of the following is an assumption the author makes?
A For a substance to be addictive, its users must pose a harm to society.
B If one suffers withdrawal symptoms upon ceasing the use of a substance, then one can be said to be addicted to that substance.
C Addictive behavior has the same origin regardless of the substance to which one is addicted.
D The use of caffeine has not resulted in a detriment to society.
E Headaches and irritability upon withdrawal are not necessary components of an addiction to a substance.

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It is frequently claimed that caffeine is an addictive substance. Its users often show withdrawal symptoms such as headaches and irritability for several days after ceasing caffeine consumption. However, caffeine is not an addictive substance. Those who exhibit caffeine-consuming behavior that seems to evidence an addiction are overwhelmingly those who also have histories of drug or alcohol abuse, and the consumption of caffeine cannot be said to pose any harm to society, unlike the use of alcohol or drugs.

Which of the following is an assumption the author makes?
A For a substance to be addictive, its users must pose a harm to society.
B If one suffers withdrawal symptoms upon ceasing the use of a substance, then one can be said to be addicted to that substance.
C Addictive behavior has the same origin regardless of the substance to which one is addicted.
D The use of caffeine has not resulted in a detriment to society.
E Headaches and irritability upon withdrawal are not necessary components of an addiction to a substance.



Something that I am learning right now...

Anything that is mentioned in Conclusion and Facts usually will not be there in assumption.
Anything which is mentioned in the Conclusion but not present in Facts/Premise should be mentioned in the assumption

Conclusion of the above argument: Caffeine is not addictive substance
Why: People who exhibit symptoms of addiction are Overwhelmingly those who have histories of drug abuse or Alcohol and that consumption of caffeine does not pose any harm to society unlike drugs or alcohol..

So the why basically answers other reason which is responsible for symptoms and other un-connected part of harm to society...

Only A and D does but if A is negated argument falls.
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What is the source of this question? I do not agree with the answer.

Just because people use self-harming substances, doesnt make them harmful to the society. It is the consumption of that substance that is harmful not the people and the argument makes this distinction (implicitly). A is definitely wrong. C looks best but the others are worth some debating. A is undoubtedly not the correct answer.

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Confused between A and E.
A- For a substance to be addictive, its users must pose a harm to society. --> alcohol and drugs are addictive and they pose harm to society. Caffeine on the other hand doesn't. So it is not addictive?

E- Headaches and irritability upon withdrawal are not necessary components of an addiction to a substance. --> Withdrawal symptoms are not necessary for a substance to be called addictive. Hence caffeine is not addictive?

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Confused between A and E.
A- For a substance to be addictive, its users must pose a harm to society. --> alcohol and drugs are addictive and they pose harm to society. Caffeine on the other hand doesn't. So it is not addictive?

E- Headaches and irritability upon withdrawal are not necessary components of an addiction to a substance. --> Withdrawal symptoms are not necessary for a substance to be called addictive. Hence caffeine is not addictive?

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Hi ShrishtiK,
An assumption fills the logical gap between the conclusion and premises on which the conclusion is drawn.
In this argument:
Author`s Conclusion -> "caffeine is not an addictive substance"
Premise on which the conclusion is based -> "the consumption of caffeine cannot be said to pose any harm to society"

"histories of drug or alcohol abuse" is presented to counter the frequently claimed argument: caffeine is an addictive substance because "users often show withdrawal symptoms such as headaches and irritability". Option E could be an assumption of the this counter argument but not the author's argument.
Then, the author presents his or her argument, concluding "caffeine is not an addictive substance". This conclusion is based on premise that "the consumption of caffeine cannot be ..." .
So, Option A correctly states the assumption for author's argument.
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+1

It helped. I would need to separate the main conclusion from the points in between.
So, if I understand correctly,
E- The author has already taken care of this assumption by stating "Those who exhibit caffeine-consuming behavior that seems to evidence an addiction are overwhelmingly those who also have histories of drug or alcohol abuse"

The only assumption left to be taken care of in the authors argument is regarding harm to society, which option A clearly addresses.

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Although I picked option A
But I did not followed the conventional approach.
Please let me know how to attack such questions .I fail to identify when to use Supporter/Defender and negation stratergies in questions

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I agree - caffeine is not addictive, I am currently taking caffeine in both coffee and there is
available caffeine tablets in 100 mg. and even 200 mg.

The 100 mg & 200 mg are too high dose so I break it and take a smaller dose
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How would you negate A in this case?

Also when you negate D it definitely weakens the conclusion. Could someone explain the issue with D?
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