Every now and then a headline grabs your attention and drags you in deep because quite frankly, it sounds too good to be true.
Let's start at the beginning, there's not much in life that's as much fun as going out with your bros and having a few pints of beer. Getting drunk is always worth the hangover, especially when a good time with your pals is involved. For many people, the end of the work day signals the opportunity to enjoy a couple beers while you kick back and relax but let's face it, there's so much more we would drink if we felt like society wasn't going to ostracize us.
Well, thanks to a recent study by the University of Oxford, men everywhere have been a heck of a lot more excited about what to do after work.
The study performed by the University of Oxford appears to have discovered that when it comes to men, going out for a beer after work is more than fun. It may actually be both beneficial and essential! Even further, the study says that men need to go out a whopping twice weekly to drink with their friends and that's got a whole lot of men pretty excited over what they're considering the greatest scientific discovery of our modern time.
So, are you ready for all the juicy details? Keep reading.
Men everywhere are rolling in their good fortune now that a recent scientific study performed by the prestigious University of Oxford says that the need to drink with their buddies twice a week to stay healthy and happy.
Who is behind this amazing phenomenon? University psychologist, Ryan Dunbar, who also happens to be the director of Oxford University’s social and evolutionary neuroscience research group. His findings are pretty specific. In fact, he says that men must physically meet with FOUR friends TWO times a week and drink it up to reap the benefits of bonding and friendship.
So what are these so-called benefits of mutual male friendship?
Well, Dunbar's study says that the benefits include: a stronger immune system, the release of endorphins, an overall decrease in anxiety levels, and most surprisingly: higher levels of generosity. Dunbar doesn't stop there, he goes on to recommend that guys, "do stuff," (a most scientific term,) when they socialize and that hitting the bars or bar crawling actually increases and reinforces a sense of teamwork and camaraderie.
In his report, Dunbar also says:
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.
Also included in the report are stunning revelations such as 1 in 3 men in the United Kingdom can’t find the time to meet with friends once a week, and 40% of men are only able to make a “guys’ night” a weekly affair!
In fact, men spend about 20% of their day interacting in other ways (usually via smartphones,) but that's not enough. Dunbar suggests that men NEED to meet twice a week, face to face, to keep their friendships strong and the ideal way of doing this is at the bar drinking beer.
Cheers mate, drink up! After all, science says it's good for your health.