Drinking GIN with friends may be good for your mental health!
This is the time when we get to say “I told you so” to all the freaks out there who look down on us for having a gin or two at the pub after work with some mates…
Researchers at the University of Oxford showed that becoming a regular at your local gin bar just for a gin and tonic or two may be linked to improved wellbeing, thanks to the enhanced social interaction associated with having a drink with friends. Is this not the best news ever especially as the sun is finally out?!
The study analyses data from a national survey and more detailed behavioural and observational studies to show that social drinkers have more friends on whom they can depend for emotional and other support, and feel more engaged with their local community! Alcohol is known to trigger the endorphin system, AKA the HAPPINESS system, which means that the social consumption of alcohol may have the same effect as the many other social activities such as laughter, dancing and storytelling that help us to reinforce social bonds.
Evolution has taught us that our social networks provide us with the single most important buffer against mental and physical illness. The researchers asked, is it the frequency of social alcohol consumption or the type of venue that influence people’s wellbeing?
And here is what they found out:
“Respondents who have a ‘local’ that they visit on a regular basis are more socially engaged, feel more contented in their lives, and are more likely to trust other members of their community. On some social measures, those who drink ‘casually’ were more socially engaged than those who didn’t drink at all. This suggests that there are independent effects due to being a drinker and having a regular drinking venue.
However, those who did not have a ‘local’ had significantly smaller social networks and felt less engaged with, and trusting of, the communities within which they were embedded. The path analysis suggested that feeling satisfied with life and how often one visits a pub both independently influence a set of variables associated with happiness and trust in others, which in turn influence engagement with the community and personal network size.”
So, what’s the moral of the story?
Heading out to your local pub with your mates is GREAT for your mental health! Watch your gin intake though… we know summer gin cocktails can go down way too easily in this weather 🙈
And if drinking with your good friends is the secret to happiness, you don’t need a gin bar to make that happen. Get together at the park, organise BBQs, make refreshing cocktails and enjoy the summer 😉
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