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Blinded by Science: Happy Beer Drinkers!

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February 26, 2016 by fhsteinbart


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Here we see a typical pub filled with patrons enjoying a great time with friends, associates, and of course craft brewed beer!

In a recent poll done by Gallup, moderate beer drinkers are 25% less depressed than non drinkers. This isn’t a cause and effect, but shows that moderate people tend to be happier, less plagues by negative emotions, and  socially more engaging. I think it’s the culture of Pub Life that encourages moderation, conviviality, and social intercourse. Even the British have noticed a negative side effect of diminished pubs in the UK, which they linked to the increase in drink driving (what we call drunk driving or DUI) in the UK. Personally, I feel that the peer pressure of the Pub Culture prevents excessive behavior and acts as a moderator of social drinking much more than previously thought. When there was a pub on every corner in the UK, drink driving was a rare occurrence. Nowadays, what with increased mobility, more take home store purchases, and therefore more long distance travel, the decreased pub traffic has led to subsequent increases in drink driving in the UK. My solution to this quagmire in intuitively obvious to the most casual of observers: namely, have a pub on every block so that no one has to drive, thus eliminating both drunk driving AND more than moderate consumption. Peer pressure works, and if we were to adopt a greater number of pubs, breweries, ale houses, etc., it would only serve to benefit society, and civilization at large.

 

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