A pub with good cheer far more than a watering hole
A LOCAL watering hole can improve your social wellbeing and friendship circle, research reveals.
Psychologist Dr Peter Jonason said social interaction was hugely beneficial to people’s lives.
“Of more than 1200 Australians that were engaged in the research, h, those who had a local l l scored more positively on a number of measures of mental and social wellbeing,” Dr Jonason said.
“It appears having a local can be good for your state of mind. The ability to shake hands and put an arm around a friend are essential ingredients for coping with stress.” Queensland Hotels Association chief executive Bernie Hogan said a pub was a hub in m many towns. “They provide a central meeting p point for celebrati tions, or just for having a quiet chat on a Sunday afternoon.” The study was carried out by the University of Western Sydney, on behalf of Lion Beer Australia.