It’s a no-brainer that being able to walk from your front door to a local neighborhood bar increases overall happiness. You can go and drink as you please, stumble on home after getting blackout drunk, and the risk of obtaining your second DUI in as many years greatly diminishes!
Now, according to new research done by Oxford University, there is actual proof that people who live near pubs are significantly happier, more social, and have an increased satisfaction with life as opposed to those who don’t.
The study, which was conducted for the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) in Oxfordshire, England, found that those who frequent neighborhood bars have more friends and better social skills than those who go to larger, more populated establishments. And after a single drink, people who went to local pubs were more likely to engage in meaningful conversations.
According to Professor Robin Dunbar of Oxford University, “Friendship and community are probably the two most important factors influencing our health and wellbeing."
“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,” Dunbar continued.
The study also claims that living near a pub even helps cut down on drinking.
Tim Page, the chief executive of Camra, states, “The role of community pubs in ensuring that wellbeing cannot be overstated. For that reason, we all need to do what we can to ensure that everyone has a 'local' [pub] near to where they live or work."
A local pub for everyone? Now that’s something we can definitely get behind!