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Study shows playing Tetris can help cure cravings

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A visitor plays the video game Tetris (1984) during an exhibition preview featuring 14 video games acquired by The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, March 1, 2013. The MoMA acquired 14 video games entering its collection as part of an ongoing research on interaction design. EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images

If you've spent hours playing games like Tetris, you might have felt that bit of guilt for having played so long. It might seem like a total waste of time, but as it turns out there may be some concrete benefits to playing the game. 

That's the result of a new study in the journal Appetite. It found that playing the video game can reduce our urges to eat, smoke and drink. We're joined by Plymouth University researcher Jackie Andrade, who was one of the authors on the study.

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