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Ongoing History Daily: Can you be legimately addicted to metal? Apparently so.

How many times have you or someone you know said “I’m addicted to music.” It turns out that if you make the right argument, you can receive disability benefits for your affliction.

Back in 2011, Roger Tullgren, a Swedish metal fan, claimed that he was so addicted to music that he couldn’t hold a job. In one year alone, he went to 300 concerts, saying that he just couldn’t stay away from any metal gig.

For ten years, he tried to get his issue classified as a handicap and after speaking to three psychologists, they agreed. Tullgren had a genuine addiction and unless he was given the proper disability benefits, that would be discrimination.

At the time, he was working as a part-time dishwasher. Insurance was ordered to cover his claim.

Alan Cross

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