A Good Reason To Give Dry January A Miss?
If you are embarking on a dry January then the local pub might seem like a den of temptation which is best avoided.
But should you avoid the pub? With on average 21 pubs shutting each week, should we use them more?
A new study from Oxford University has found that drinking in moderation with friends seems to improve overall wellbeing.
People who drank regularly at their local were happier; more satisfied with their lives and had more friends.
While most studies warn of the health risks of alcohol consumption, researchers think that drink may play an important role in improving social cohesion by triggering endorphins which increase happiness and promote bonding.
Professor Robin Dunbar of the University of Oxford’s Experimental Psychology department, said: ‘This study showed that frequenting a local pub can directly affect peoples’ social network size and how engaged they are with their local community, which in turn can affect how satisfied they feel in life.
“Our social networks provide us with the single most important buffer against mental and physical illness.
“While pubs traditionally have a role as a place for community socialising, alcohol’s role appears to be in triggering the endorphin system, which promotes social bonding.
The study also showed that those who drank at local pubs tended to socialise in smaller groups, which encouraged whole-group conversation.
Colin Valentine, CAMRA’s National Chairman, said: ‘It will be of no surprise to CAMRA members that pubs play such a pivotal role in a person’s wellbeing, but it is fantastic news to hear that this wisdom has now been confirmed by research”.
21 pubs across the country close each week which is a great shame when they play such an important role in the community says Greengates Builders Merchants Accrington, Lancashire.
Information taken from an article from The Daily Telegraph