David, 53, is addicted to sausage – nothing can make him quit: “Sausages are my drug”

Most of us have a number of vices or some form of addiction. Hopefully, it’s nothing more serious than needing a cup of coffee to get started in the mornings.

It’s easy to get stuck in behaviors and get dependent on things that can have devastating consequences for your life. I hope people are able to steer clear of most of that.

The list of addictive foods and substances is very long, and we’ve heard most of it already – but did you know that you can get addicted to eating sausage? I had no idea, but apparently, you can!

I’m always a bit slow in the mornings. It takes me a while to really get going, but after a cup of coffee, my brain switches into gear. That undoubtedly is a kind of addiction, but I honestly don’t mind. I love the taste and smell of coffee – and I would probably drink it even if it didn’t have an energizing effect.

I don’t think I’m the only one who feels that way. Of course, there are less benign addictions, such as gambling, smoking or drugs. However, even if you’re doing things that are bad for you, as long as it is in moderation and doesn’t go too far, you’ll be fine – nobody’s perfect!

David Harding is one of those who took his addiction too far. But he doesn’t fit into any of the above categories – his addiction is highly unusual, and something that I had never heard of it before.

In 2011, the 53 year old Englishman had to seek professional help for his sausage addiction. He simply couldn’t stop eating them, despite seeing psychologists and hypnotists.

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Without blinking, he would munch down on 13 sausages a day together with bread, mashed potatoes or scrambled eggs. It’s currently unknown whether he ever managed to beat his addiction.

“Sausages are my drug”

The Londoner had eaten at least one sausage a day since he was 5 years old. David realized he had a problem in 2010, when his wife Susan decided to do “something different” for dinner.

“I genuinely cannot bear the thought of living without sausages,” he told the Daily Mail in 2011. “Drug addicts crave their medicine of choice, and it’s the same for me – except that my drug is a sausage.”


David, who works as an accountant, stated that the thought of living without his favorite dish made him delirious.

“I went a bit mad at the thought of it. It threw me completely off-track. It was then that I realized something wasn’t quite right and sought professional help.”

Daily Mail

He has spent more than 2000 pounds (US$2700) on different kinds of treatment. Experts have told him that the addiction is not physical, and neither the sessions nor the hypnosis has worked.

“Apparently I just like sausages – plain and simple. I don’t see that there is anything wrong with that, but I do think that I have to look at ways to control my urges,” David said.

His story was widely circulated in 2011, and people all over the world started talking about his odd addiction. We can only hope that David has beat his addiction by now, and that he lives a happy and healthy life!

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