Living near a pub makes you happier

Research has confirmed what people who like a few drinks have always known: living near a pub makes you happier.

A study by Oxford University found that regulars who have a nearby "local" pub are "significantly" happier, have more friends, better life satisfaction, and drink in moderation compared to those who haven't.

The report, for the Campaign for Real Ale (Camra), revealed that social skills improve after a drink, while people were more likely to be engaged in conversations in small community pubs rather than larger establishments.

The study, conducted in pubs in Oxfordshire, also found that pubs played an integral role in providing venues where people could meet and make friends.

Professor Robin Dunbar of Oxford University, said:

Friendship and community are probably the two most important factors influencing our health and wellbeing. Making and maintaining friendships, however, is something that has to be done face-to-face.

Given the increasing tendency for our social life to be online, having relaxed, accessible venues where people can meet old friends and make new ones becomes ever more necessary.

Tim Page, chief executive of Camra, said: "Whilst we are delighted that such robust research highlights some of the many benefits of visiting a pub, I hardly expect the findings will be a great surprise to Camra members.

"We all need to do what we can to ensure that everyone has a 'local' near to where they live or work."

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