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26th September 2023

‘Same Again?’: New Podcast Explores the Complex Relationship Between Beer, Pubs & Mental Health

A timely new podcast that explores the complex relationship between beer, pubs and mental health has just launched. ‘Same Again?’ is produced and presented by award-winning writer and audio maker, Emma Inch, and is available on all major podcast platforms.

‘Same Again?’ is a documentary-style podcast and takes the form of a short series of episodes themed around such topics as ‘Anxiety’, ‘Stigma’, and ‘Men’s Mental Health’. It examines some of the challenges posed to our mental health by excessive alcohol use, whilst also highlighting the proven benefits of pubs and socializing as a way of combatting loneliness and doing good in the community.

Emma Inch is a renowned beer communicator and former British Beer Writer of the Year, but she also has a Masters degree in Mental Health and previously worked for more than 20 years as a frontline mental health worker.

‘I used to think that my two careers were very different, opposite ends of the spectrum!’ she explains. ‘However, the more I work in and around the beer industry, the more I see that mental health is a very real issue that often goes unaddressed in the beer and pub world.’

Each episode of ‘Same Again?’ features resident psychiatrist, Dr Graham Campbell, alongside guests from both inside and outside the beer and pub industry including John Robins (Comedian & Radio 5 Live presenter), Greg Bateman (former rugby union player & founder of People’s Captain), Ol Fozard (head brewer at Rooster’s Brewing Co), Keith Bott (President of PubAid), Emmie Harrison-West (journalist, beer writer & columnist), Luke Boase (founder of Lucky Saint), Laura Willoughby (founder of Club Soda), and more.

‘Those of us that love pubs know the real value a pint with a mate can bring into our lives, but many of us are also aware of the way too much alcohol can affect our mood,’ explains Emma. ‘This podcast aims to pick apart all the contradictions and complexities – as well as some of the fun – involved in the relationship between beer, pubs, and our mental wellbeing.’

To coincide with the launch of the podcast, Emma was involved in a collaboration brew between Brighton’s UnBarred Brewery, hop suppliers BarthHaas X, Joanne and Tori from A Woman’s Brew podcast, and Daniel from 1 Minute Beer Review. The beer is a 7.2% IPA called ‘Like & Subscribe’ which marks the coming together of creatives from around the industry.

‘Same Again?’ podcast is available to listen to now via Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, smart speakers and many other podcast sites.

If you would like to support Emma and gain early access to ‘Same Again?’, you can become a Patreon at

Further information

For further information about the podcast, please contact Emma Inch via email:

If you’re struggling with your mental health help is available via the NHS website, and you can also speak to your GP, or call a listening service like the Samaritans – who are available 24 hours a day on 116 123. If you work in the beer and pub industry, support with your mental wellbeing is also available via the Licensed Trade Charity.

For further information about the podcast, please contact Emma Inch via email:

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