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It Turns Out That Going To The Pub With Your Friends Is Good For You

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BY editors | Jan 12, 2017 | Food & Drink

If you're one of those brave and noble few who have decided to forego Dry January in the name of stoking the hoppy fires of winter, then well done you, because it turns out that drinking at the pub with your friends is good for your health.

Thanks, science.

New research by academics at Oxford University, published in the journal Adaptive Human Behaviour and Psychology has 'discovered' that people who drink regularly at a local pub are happier, more satisfied with their lives, and have more friends.

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".

Professor Dunbar continued, saying: "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.

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Like other complex bonding systems such as dancing, singing and storytelling, (going to the pub) has often been adopted by large social communities as a ritual associated with bonding."

Researchers discovered that people who regularly drank at a nearby pub had a greater sense of community, as well being more popular: having an average of almost eight close friends, compared to six for non-drinkers.

It also found that people in local pubs tended to have "whole-group conversations" more than those who drank in bars, because people typically visit their local in smaller groups.


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