Struggling to find an excuse to meet your mates at the pub? Try this… A study published in the Journal of Health Psychology and conducted by the medical Research Centre found that sharing a pint with friends aids men’s mental health.
A sample of men aged 30-35 years old from West Scotland, who drank in groups at pubs, where asked about their drinking habits. Many of the men reported that attending the pub helped their mental health. “Drinking in these communal groups has this positive effect on your mental health” states Dr carol Emslie, who was involved in the research.
Stereotypically males tend to suppress their emotions but when they are socialising at the pub they feel more able to open up, show concern for one another and build on their friendship, which relieves stress and lifts their spirits.
However, don’t round up your mates and head on down to the local pub just yet. Being in a social group means you are encouraged to buy more rounds and therefore consume more alcohol. In fact on a typical pub visit dangerous amounts of alcohol are drunk. Though Dr Evelyn Gillian, chief executive of Alcohol Focus Scotland, acknowledges the social benefits of drinking she hopes they aren’t “at the expense of a damaged liver or other health problems”. She also warns that “men are far more likely to drink heavily and to die from alcohol related causes than women, particularly in middle age”.
By all means go out and socialise, we are not asking you to become a hermit, just asking that you drink responsibly; remember your daily maximum units: 3-4 units for men and 2-3 units for women.