Researchers Reveal Why You Should Live Nearer Pubs

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A new study has confirmed what people who like a drink or six have always known: living near a pub does make you happier.

A study by Oxford University found that regulars who have a nearby ‘local’ pub are happier, have more friends, are more satisfied in life and drink in moderation compared to those who haven’t. Who’d have thought it?

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The report – for the campaign for Real Ale (Camra) – revealed that your social skills improve after a drink (no surprise there really) and those who go to smaller community pubs engage in more conversation than larger chain pubs.

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.

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The study – which was conducted in pubs across Oxfordshire – also found that pubs played an important role in providing people a place to meet and make friends.

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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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There’s only one thing for it now- to the pub!