For most of us, January is like the hangover month for the beginning of the year, when those of us who enjoy boozing try to go sober for a while… or for a few days anyway.
That being said, there are those who never give up boozing, no matter the month. But there’s a little trick to it…
But the thing is, it might well be that giving up drinking is more irresponsible that cutting it out completely.
A new study conducted by the University of Oxford has discovered that for men, going out for a few pints isn’t just fun, it’s downright essential
In fact, according to this report, us dudes have to go out twice a week by necessity. Finally some good news.
The study in question was conducted by Robin Dunbar, a psychologist and director of Oxford University’s social and evolutionary neuroscience research group.
Dunbar has determined that men must physically meet with four friends, two times a week, in order to reap the benefits of male friendship
Benefits of these strong male friendships include a stronger immune system, the release of endorphins, an overall decrease in anxiety levels, and (apparently) even higher levels of generosity.
Dunbar goes so far as to recommend guys “do stuff” while they socialise, and that going bar crawling for a night reinforces a sense of teamwork and camaraderie.
“Bonds can be formed through a range of activities from team sports to male banter — or simply having a pint with your pals on a Friday night,” Dunbar states in the report.
A few pints and a good chat is the perfect way to make friendships strong
Despite spending 20% of their day interacting through other means (all of which can be done on a smartphone), men need to meet face to face to keep their friendships strong, Dunbar suggests, and a few pints and a good chat is the perfect way to achieve this.
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