Why going to local bar with close friends can be healthy

by Annalisa Lista - 2017.01.09

Contrary to popular opinion, drinking at the local bar with friends is not bad for one’s health. At least if one is not aiming to get drunk. A recent study published by Oxford University examined three studies and numerous interviews of adults, and came to the conclusion that drinking with friends at the local neighborhood bar has positive psycho-physical benefits. It appears that the combination of endorphins released by alcohol (what puts people in good mood) together with the positive social experience and familiarity with the environment, produces an overall sense of well-being: similar to that which is felt when one dances, sings, or laughs. A wonderful feeling that does not seem to be observed when in large, dispersive groups, whose main objective for going to the bar is to down shots.

Published in Alcoholism.
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