Daisy Dunn

Why we drink

Plus: if you’re interested in how the brain works – with or without the aid of stimulants – the podcast Hidden Brain is full of insights

A genetic mutation, ten million years ago, made us 40 per cent more efficient than other animals at metabolising alcohol. Image: Miroslava Mahlebashieva / Alamy Stock Photo

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