A new “study” shows that have a beer or two with friends occasionally proves to be good for your well-being.
Most people understand that over doing it will have health risks connected it. This particular study took a different approach. It focuses on the role of alcohol in bolstering the social bond.
Having some beers with your friends at a regular ‘spot’ twice a week actually improved one’s well-being as these experienced tend to make people feel more socially engaged. Another effect of this social experience is that people expand their social networks. People who did not engage in twice-weekly bar experiences tended to have smaller social networks and feel less trusting of their communities.
People tend to like to be in small bars and that helps them be more sociable in bar in those communities. Dunbar said that this study shows the spending at least two times per week at a local bar can directly affect peoples’ social network size. It also affects how engaged they feel with the local community which in turn affects how satisfied they feel with life in general.
Dunbar went on to note that social networks are one of the most important buffers against mental and physical illnesses. He explained that alcohol, specifically beer, helped trigger endorphins that promote social bonding.
One of the contributors to the study, Colin Valentine of the Campaign For Real Ale or CAMRA, stated that:
“Bars clearly play an important role by means of offering a social setting for people to enjoy a drink with friends in a responsible, supervised setting.”
This study makes sense. The truth of the matter is that good social engagement IS good for one’s well being. That is why Christ established the church.
One can get a much better social engagement, and not need the beer to “make people feel more socially engaged”.
In actuality, AA meetings provide the exact same experience and engagement, without the beer.