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Alcohol is bad for us. So why have humans been drinking it for thousands of years?

Olive highball drink
Robert Bredvad
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A photo of an Olive Highball from Elva Ramirez's book "Zero Proof Cocktails: 90 Non-Alcoholic Recipes for Mindful Drinking."

Drinking alcohol has a number of negative impacts. But humans have been doing it for thousands of years, and show no signs of stopping.

This hour, we discuss why we drink, why more people are moving towards sobriety through the “sober curious” movement, and the rise of nonalcoholic cocktails.


  • Edward Slingerland - Author of Drunk: How We Sipped, Danced, and Stumbled Our Way to Civilization, and a professor of philosophy at the University of British Columbia 
  • Hilary Sheinbaum - Journalist and author of The Dry Challenge: How to Lose the Booze for Dry January, Sober October, and Any Other Alcohol-Free Month
  • Elva Ramirez - Journalist, media consultant and author of Zero Proof Cocktails: 90 Non-Alcoholic Recipes for Mindful Drinking

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Colin McEnroe, Jonathan McNicol and Cat Pastor contributed to this show.

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Lily is the senior producer for The Colin McEnroe Show. She first worked at Connecticut Public as an intern in 2014. She has previously worked for WBUR, KUNC and as a producer for the New England News Collaborative's weekly show Next. Lily can be reached at ltyson@ctpublic.org.
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