Alcohol may actually help with your social communication, according to study
. You have probably noticed that when you get extra talkative when drunk.
But researchers at the University of Oxford proved it, saying, they saw the benefits of liquor consumption in improving ties with society.
Experts conducted information from three separate reviews – answers from questionnaires given to bar customers, observation of people conversing in bars, and a national study by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA).
Experts studied how the alcohol use and the venue influenced people's interaction with one another, and their wellbeing.
Researchers learned that people who prefer a local bar, tend to socialize with a small group. They also noticed that in places where there are no local pubs, people may have smaller social networks and are probably less trusting of others.
On the other hand, those who are drinking in city-center bars tend to socialize with a bigger group, but participate less in group conversations.
Professor Robin Dunbar of the University of Oxford’s Experimental Psychology department, said in an interview
, "This study showed that frequenting a local pub can directly affect peoples’ social network size and how engaged they are with their local community, which in turn can affect how satisfied they feel in life."
"Our social networks provide us with the single most important buffer against mental and physical illness. While pubs traditionally have a role as a place for community socialising, alcohol’s role appears to be in triggering the endorphin system, which promotes social bonding. Like other complex bonding systems such as dancing, singing and storytelling, it has often been adopted by large social communities as a ritual associated with bonding."
Colin Valentine, CAMRA’s National Chairman, said, "Personal wellbeing and happiness have a massive impact not only on individual lives, but on communities as a whole. It will be of no surprise to CAMRA members that pubs play such a pivotal role in a person’s wellbeing, but it is fantastic news to hear that this wisdom has now been confirmed by research.'
However, this doesn't mean we now have a reason to maltreat our livers and drink loads of alcohol to death. Though, this study claims the benefits of liquor to health, moderate drinking is still the most suggested for optimal health.