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Living near a pub is key to a happy life

Group of friends enjoying a beer at pub in London, toasting and laughing. They are four girls and two boys in their twenties.
Living near a pub builds stronger friendships, a study has claimed

LIVING near a pub is the key to a happy life, a study has claimed.

If you count yourself lucky enough to have a ‘local’ pub, you’re more likely to have a higher life satisfaction and more close friends than those who do not.

Research by Oxford University revealed the findings in a report written by Professor Robin Dunbar for CAMRA (the Campaign for Real Ale).

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It suggests that living close to a pub creates a strong social network, improving both your happiness and overall health.

Face-to-face meetings are key to maintaining friendships and pubs provide a suitable venue for people to socialise.

The key findings from Professor Dunbar’s study are:

  • People who have a ‘local’ have more close friends on whom they can call for support. They’re also happier and more trusting of others and feel more engaged with their wider community
  • Casual visitors to the pub, and those in larger pubs, said they consumed significantly more alcohol than those drinking in their ‘local’ or smaller community pubs
  • A pub is considerd ‘local’ if it is close to where they live or work
  • People in city centre bars may socialise in larger social groups but they are less engaged with those with whom they are associating and have significantly shorter conversations
  • A limited alcohol intake improves wellbeing and some (though not all) social skills but these abilities decline as alcohol intake increases beyond a moderate level

Do you agree that living near a ‘local’ pub makes you a happier person?

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