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Can't face an evening without a glass of wine? The comedian presents a lecture on the economics behind alcohol. From 2015.

Comedian Simon Evans returns with a series about the economics of some of the goods - or bads - we are addicted to.

If you crave your daily coffee, can't get by without a cigarette, feel that mid-afternoon slump without your sugar-fix, or can't face an evening without a glass of wine, you are definitely not alone.

But have you ever thought about the economics that has made your addiction possible? Who does it profit? And would you want to make some canny investments that take advantage of our human weaknesses?

Simon walks us around the economics, history and health issues behind these oh-so-addictive commodities - and pokes fun at our relationship with them.

With economics guru, More Or Less host Tim Harford and Queen of investment know-how, Merryn Somerset-Webb.

Written by Simon Evans, Benjamin Partridge and Andy Wolton.

Producer: Claire Jones

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 2015.

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30 minutes

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Role Contributor
Presenter Simon Evans
Interviewed Guest Tim Harford
Interviewed Guest Merryn Somerset Webb
Writer Simon Evans
Writer Benjamin Partridge
Writer Andy Wolton
Producer Claire Jones


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