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Nov 16, 2015

A special episode brought to you by Gastropod, the podcast that looks at food through the lens of science and history.

Are you part of Generation Peak Booze? Dive into the factors behind the ups and downs in alcohol consumption in the UK and US over the course of the twentieth century, as Gastropod hosts Cynthia Graber and Nicola Twilley explore the long-term health effects of peak booze, and get a sneak peek at the synthetic alcohol of the future. 

They interview Mosaic's Chrissie Giles about her revealing story about the booziest generation in a century. When Chrissie looked at her drinking habits, they didn't seem particularly remarkable. Sneaking drinks at fourteen, vomiting in the dorm sink at university, spending her twenties getting wasted with her mates every weekend: that's just what everybody did, right? But when she looked at the data, Chrissie realised that her generation represented a peak in British drinking, which has been on a downhill trend since 2004. Intrigued, she dug into the larger historical shifts behind the data, uncovering a story that ranges from a 1930s anthropological study of the pub to the impact of selfie culture today. Gastropod compare her findings with the data on drinking in the US and draw on insights from neuropsychopharmacologist David Nutt to explore the effects of regulation and cultural trends on alcohol consumption.

 

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