Is there a safe limit of alcohol?

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For a lot of people, alcohol is associated with partying, celebrating and an all-round good time. But does this social lubricant have its downsides? Is there any truth to the idea that a little bit of alcohol is actually good for you? Or is there no safe limit at all?

In the fourth season of ‘Debunks’, the new podcast series from the Cosmos newsroom team and Nine Podcasts, science journalist Petra Stock explores the science behind our vices – those questionable habits that we enjoy, even if they may not be all that good for you.

In this episode, she pops open a bottle to take a swig of the science of alcohol.

She is joined by Dr Michael Livingston, a leading alcohol policy researcher at La Trobe University; Liz Temple, an associate professor in psychology at the University of New England; Dr Nicole Lee, adjunct professor at Curtin University’s National Drug Research Institute; and Dr Sarah Callinan, also from La Trobe University’s centre for Alcohol Policy Research.

Together, they get drunk on knowledge about what alcohol is and how it affects our bodies and minds.

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