GOOD NEWS: A scientist is saying men need to go to the pub more
It’s coming up to the new year and this is normally a time when people give up things that are bad for their health.
The most common New Year’s resolutions are quitting junk food, giving up alcohol and getting fit.
But a study, conducted by the University of Oxford, has given men a great excuse to head to the pub MORE.
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The study discovered, for men, going out for a few pints is actually good for their health.
And according to the report, guys should go out boozing at least twice a week.
However, the study conducted by Robin Dunbar, a psychologist and director of Oxford University’s social and evolutionary neuroscience research group, is not implying lads should go out binge drinking.
In fact, it is more the social side of a pub-visit that is beneficial. The study determined that men should physically meet with four friends, two times a week, in order to reap the health benefits of male friendship.
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Benefits of strong male friendships include a stronger immune system, the release of endorphins and decreased anxiety levels.
Men who regularly hit the pub with mates are also more generous (apparently).
Robin even suggests men go on a bar crawl to reinforce a sense of teamwork and camaraderie while they socialise.
“Bonds can be formed through a range of activities from team sports to male banter — or simply having a pint with your pals on a Friday night,” he says in the report.
Sadly the study found one in three men in the UK said they don’t even have time to meet with friends once a week. A further 40% said they only manage a lads night out once a week.
So, now you have an even better excuse to grab a few mates and hit the local boozer – but please drink resonsably.