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An emotional journey through drink

David Jesudason’s relationship with alcohol is complicated. He’s faced racism in pubs and felt othered at festivals, while his father struggled with alcoholism. Yet David’s love of beer has also provided both pleasure and employment – he’s worked as a bartender and is now a director at the Beer Writers’ Guild as well as an Instagram ale diarist. Here he explores how booze can shape our behaviour, describing how he’s matured from underage drinker to cask-ale connoisseur.

Words by David Jesudason

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Black and white, head and shoulders portrait of David Jesudason.

David Jesudason

David Jesudason is a freelance journalist who covers race issues for BBC Culture, Pellicle and Vittles. David also writes ‘Episodes of My Life’, a weekly newsletter about the TV shows and films that changed his life.