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Say Why To Drugs

Suzi Gage

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The internet is full of misinformation about recreational drugs - both legal and illegal. Dr Suzi Gage, a psychologist interested in understanding associations between substance use and mental health, tackles one substance per episode - providing inf...Show More
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1:03:21 | Jul 31st

Recorded earlier this year at Smithdown Road Festival, a free music festival in South Liverpool, this episode sees Suzi chat to a panel of guests about the links between drug use and music. Dr Sally Adams joins the podcast again, Professor Harry Sumn...Show More

37:15 | Jul 17th

Adam Ficek is probably best known as the drummer in Pete Docherty's post-Libertines band Babyshambles. But as well as a very successful music career, he's also a trained psychotherapist, and about to embark on a PhD. Adam and Suzi have a wide-ranging...Show More
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38:31 | Jul 3rd

Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a compound found in cannabis. In recent times it's began to be found on our high streets, available in everything from coffee to ice-cream to vape liquid. It's also been touted as a medication to treat a variety of health ailm...Show More

35:22 | Jun 19th

Suzi Gage is joined by researcher Dr Oliver Grundmann, from the University of Florida, to talk about kratom - a leaf from the plant Mitragyna speciosa that grows in SE Asia. Is it an opioid? Or could it be useful in harm reduction? And what do we cur...Show More

23:24 | Jun 5th

Say Why to Drugs returns! In this episode Suzi chats to author Mike Jay about mescaline, arguably the first psychedelic.Jay details the dual history of the substance - found in two types of cacti in central and south America, as well as being extract...Show More

25:28 | Jan 31st

Researcher Suzi Gage answers a second set of questions that listeners have sent in - topics covered range from discussion of legislation - and how scientists can get involved, favourite research findings (and over-egged ones), and expectation effects...Show More

30:04 | Jan 17th

Researcher Suzi Gage answers questions that listeners have sent in - topics covered range from whether the podcasts are aimed at teenagers to whether legislation impacts on the ability for scientists to carry out research in to illicit drugs, and fr...Show More

41:31 | Jan 3rd

Suzi chats to Professor Linda Bauld from the University of Edinburgh about e-cigarettes and vaping. Linda provides an update on what's changed in the last 2 years since the first E-Cigarettes episode - in terms of who's using them, whether they are h...Show More

36:06 | Dec 20th, 2018

Dr Suzi Gage chats to journalist and author Jenny Valentish about her book Woman of Substances. The conversation covers Jenny's own experiences, and how she tackled the scientific literature while researching her book.

51:36 | Dec 6th, 2018

After quite a hiatus, SWTD returns. This live episode was recorded in front of an audience of University of Liverpool Psychology students. Suzi is joined by Dr Carl Roberts to discuss all things about how drugs affect the brain, and how we as researc...Show More

33:45 | Jan 18th, 2018

Suzi Gage speaks to her colleague Professor Matt Field about the phenomenon of Dry January, where people give up alcohol for a month. They talk about whether there may be short- or long-term health benefits around it, and discuss their personal exper...Show More

24:14 | Dec 14th, 2017

Here's the third and final installment of interviews recorded at the Society for the Study of Addiction conference in Newcastle earlier this year. In this episode I interview Professor Celia Morgan from Exeter University. We talk about Celia's work i...Show More

33:57 | Nov 30th, 2017

The second of three podcasts recorded at the Society of the Study of Addiction conference, all on the theme of psychedelic medicine. In this episode Suzi speaks to Dr Albert Garcia-Romeu of Johns Hopkins University about his work using psilocybin, fr...Show More

39:39 | Nov 16th, 2017

The first of three special episodes recorded at the Society for the Study of Addiction conference. All have a psychedelic theme - and particularly the use of psychedelics in medicine. In this episode Dr Suzi Gage chats to Dr Ben Sessa, a child and ad...Show More

32:57 | Jul 26th, 2017

In this bonus episode Suzi is joined by Dr Carl Roberts, a psychopharmacologist from the University of Liverpool, to chat about cognitive enhancers. Who's using them? Do they work? What do we know about them?

40:30 | Jun 28th, 2017

Dr Suzi Gage is joined by Dr Charlotte Hardman from the University of Liverpool - an expert on nutrition, to talk about sugar. Is it a drug? It's essential to life but do we eat too much of it?

45:35 | Jun 14th, 2017

Welcome back to Say Why to Drugs! In this special episode Suzi speaks to Professor Sir John Strang, head of the Addictions group at Kings College London, about the concept of addiction.

14:45 | Apr 19th, 2017

Dr Suzi Gage and Scroobius Pip discuss prescription opioid pain medication, its potential for abuse, and why this might differ between countries.

21:14 | Apr 5th, 2017

Dr Suzi Gage and Scroobius Pip chat about DMT - a psychedelic that has been used ritualistically for hundreds of years, which has a mystical and intriguing reputation.

23:56 | Mar 23rd, 2017

Scroobius Pip talks with Dr Suzi Gage about PCP - a drug that has in the past had a lot of media attention due to its purported extreme effects. But what's the evidence?

24:07 | Mar 9th, 2017

Suzi Gage and Scroobius Pip talk about salvia, and unusual dissociative psychedelic that has short lasting but quite extreme psychedelic effects.

34:24 | Feb 23rd, 2017

Dr Suzi Gage and Scroobius Pip chat about a group of synthetic medications called benzodiazepines.

34:05 | Feb 9th, 2017

A special episode of Say Why to Drugs, where Dr Suzi Gage talks to hangover researcher Dr Sally Adams from the University of Bath about why we feel so wretched the day after a heavy drinking session, and what it's like to try and research in this are...Show More

40:34 | Jan 26th, 2017

Dr Suzi Gage and Scroobius Pip chat about e-cigarettes - the scientific evidence around them, and why it might be that they've been so divisive in the academic community. For further reading listen via the Acast app where links will pop up at relevan...Show More

18:52 | Jan 12th, 2017

After a short festive (and moving house) break, Say Why to Drugs is back. Suzi and Scroobius Pip chat about khat, a leaf that's chewed to give a mild stimulant effect

15:49 | Dec 8th, 2016

Suzi Gage and Scroobius Pip discuss poppers, also known as alkyl nitrites, in this episode. And Suzi explains why it's a week late (sorry!)

28:16 | Nov 17th, 2016

Scroobius PIp and Dr Suzi Gage discuss amphetamines, their harms and potential benefits, and the myths surrounding them.

30:15 | Nov 3rd, 2016

Dr Suzi Gage and Scroobius Pip discuss heroin and the evidence surrounding its effects in this episode of Say Why to Drugs

35:13 | Oct 19th, 2016

Episode 11 is a return to the usual format. Scroobius Pip and Dr Suzi Gage sit down and chat caffeine. As well as this, Suzi has some exciting news in the intro.

29:46 | Oct 5th, 2016

A bonus episode where Dr Suzi Gage meets with Lydia Davenport and Professor Graeme Henderson, who are involved with Bristol Drugs Project.

23:56 | Sep 21st, 2016

Scroobius Pip and Suzi discuss drugs including mephedrone - formerly known as legal highs, these fall under the category of synthetic cathinones.

22:20 | Sep 7th, 2016

Dr Suzi Gage and Scroobius Pip chat about synthetic cannabinoids - substances such as Spice, in this episode.

16:28 | Aug 24th, 2016

Suzi and Scroobius Pip chat about nitrous oxide, otherwise known as laughing gas, or hippy crack.

24:52 | Aug 10th, 2016

Suzi and Scroobius Pip talk about cocaine in this episode - a substance that can be taken in a number of different forms, and has quite different effects depending how its consumed.

46:18 | Jul 27th, 2016

Dr Suzi Gage and Scroobius Pip discuss psychedelics, including LSD, magic mushrooms and DMT. The risks of taking them, but also potential medical benefits currently being investigated. As well as discussing myths surrounding psychedelics.

19:24 | Jul 13th, 2016

In episode 5, Dr Suzi Gage and Scroobius Pip chat about ketamine. It can be harmful if used frequently, but it's also an extremely useful medication, used all over the world.

22:44 | Jun 29th, 2016

In this episode Scroobius Pip and I talk about Ecstasy or MDMA. We talk about the risks, the myths, and some really cool research in to some potential benefits.

31:01 | Jun 15th, 2016

Dr Suzi Gage and Scroobius Pip discuss booze on this episode, the drug of choice in the UK and elsewhere. Although its legal, and often barely considered as a drug, it's by no means a safe substance.

27:50 | Jun 2nd, 2016

In episode two of Say Why to Drugs, Suzi and Scroobius Pip chat about tobacco - the effects of it, what harms there are from using it, whether it might have any benefits, and whether many of the myths surrounding it are based in evidence.

39:14 | May 19th, 2016

In the first episode of Say Why to Drugs, Suzi and Scroobius Pip chat about cannabis - the effects of it, what harms there might be from using it, whether it might have any benefits, and whether many of the myths surrounding it are based in evidence.

02:11 | May 16th, 2016

Say Why to Drugs launches this Thursday 19th May. It's a series of podcasts where Dr Suzi Gage discusses the harms of different recreational drugs, but also whether they might have potential medical benefits, as well as busting myths that surround th...Show More