Hup… I’m jusss doin’ wuss besst for MY… hup… health, Susan
But in all seriousness, it does make sense. Take it from Robin Dunbar, a psychologist and director of Oxford University’s social and evolutionary neuroscience research group who conducted the study.
“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 said. “However, the key to maintaining strong friendships is to meet up twice a week and do stuff with the four people closest to you.”
DUNBAR’S FRIEND: Karen won’t let me go out again… DUNBAR: Say no more
The results of the study concluded that men who maintain these social groups are far more successful at staving of depression caused by job insecurity or financial worries. Throwing back a couple or several cold ones with the boys releases endorphins and lowers anxiety — it even helps a man recover from illness more quickly.
The study was about the MENTAL health benefits of drinking with friends. Physical health is another story.
Drinking together really is the best way to form a bond with another guy. It gets people to open up and be their true, weird selves — something that becomes increasingly difficult as we fall into career and family roles requiring us to wear the hat of professional or father figure. A night out with the guys and some beers keeps us in touch with that “other self”, often referred to as a “drunk alter ego”.
Jim from accounting’s drunk alter ego enjoys punching a tree while crying.
Unfortunately, only 40% of men are able to make a night out with their guy friends a weekly occurrence — which is still only half of the doctor-recommended dosage of guy time.
So round up the crew this weekend, get out there and get weird.