Pub goers with a local ‘significantly happier’

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They have played a key role in British social life since the 16th century but now new research has shown what those who enjoy a tipple in their local already know — living near a pub makes you happier.

As well as offering a setting to enjoy food and drink pubs also offer a place where people can meet and make friends and mix with people from their communities.

Regulars with a local pub nearby were found to be “significantly” happier, have more friends, improved social skills, better life satisfaction, and actually drink more moderately. The report, for the Campaign for Real Ale (Camra), highlights the importance of face-to-face interaction.

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 rather than face-to-face, having relaxed accessible venues where people can meet old friends and make new ones becomes ever more necessary,” he added.

The study was carried out by researchers at Oxford University.