Investigation shows friends enjoy themselves more, live healthier when they drink beer

                        By Austin Oyibode

Abel Ayewo is a staff of Aluminium industry in Asaba, the Delta state capital. He resumes work as early as 7.30am and closes at 5.pm. At the end of the day’s job, he goes to visit friends, sometimes at beer parlours where they enjoy drinking 33 Export lager beer before coming home to spend the rest of the day with his family members.

Emeraldng.com cornered him on Monday at 6.pm and he unravelled the gains of being with friends after close of work to drink 33 Export lager beer. For him, the beer is great compared to others in town. Besides the beauty of the beer brand, he enjoys staying with his friends, especially at such centres where they tell beautiful stories and relax, easing away the stress of the day.

Ayowe told our reporter that drinking beer is a source of social lubricant and that is the perfect term for it. He said drinking among friends makes socialising easier and cements great friendships.

According to him: “I couldn’t imagine some of my most difficult moments in life without two things: my best friends and a bottle of Export 33 Lager beer. It makes you to laugh away daily stresses people go through as well as dark experiences each of us faces. It makes us laugh better when we have  some strong drinks around us.

“Being with friends as such places constantly provides me the much-needed daily escapes from reality, which I rely on so heavily. Some of the realest friends you could ever have and who could help you in life are the ones you meet and drink with at beer parlours.”

Studies show that alcohol have great impact on human health and happiness. Scientists have gathered that moderate drinkers are actually some of the healthiest people not because they drink but because they also tend to lead active and social lifestyles.

Perhaps people who prefer a drink every so often have learned one of the most important lessons in life: everything in moderation.

The researchers also found these moderate drinkers happen to be some of the happiest people on planet earth. Importantly, the findings showed moderate alcohol consumption is a powerful general indicator of optimal social status and this could be a key reason for improved health in these subjects.

So, essentially, people who drink are more likely to have other friends who like to drink, and they live happy, healthy lives.

The study showed that men who completely abstain from drinking beer are actually more likely to suffer from depression. Apparently, those who refrain may actually suffer from worse cases of depression than those who drink the highest levels of alcohol. The psychological effects of refraining from an activity everyone else is doing can certainly make someone feel isolated and depressed.

Research has found that people who socially consume alcohol in moderation are more satisfied with life and have a bigger network of friends. Researchers may have found a brilliant excuse to head to the local pub and enjoy a well earned glass of 33 Export lager beer.

New research into the impact of social drinking has found that indulging in a drink or two with friends, in moderation, can actually improve one’s overall wellbeing.

The study found that people who drink regularly at their local pub are happier and more likely to have a bigger group of friends, leading to better overall satisfaction with life.

The studies reveal that the frequency of alcohol consumption or the venue had an impact on people’s wellbeing and social experiences.

They found that if you have a local pub that you visit on a regular basis, you’re more likely to be socially engaged and contented. Researchers also found that one is more likely to trust others in one’s community.

Those who show their face regularly at a local pub also tend to be more popular with an average of almost eight close friends, compared to six for non-drinkers.

The investigation shows that frequenting a local pub can directly affect peoples’ social network size and how engaged they are with their local community, which in turn can affect how satisfied they feel in life.

The dangerous health risks of heavy drinking are well-known, but researchers now believe that moderate alcohol consumption may be an important factor in helping us develop friendships, by triggering the endorphins that boost happiness and foster bonding.

A man at a drinking parlour in Asaba, Mr. Dennis Obe, told our reporter: “Although I’ve never had a problem with drinking, my relationship with alcohol has always been complex. I like the warm smiles that spread across people’s faces after taking a glass of wine. I like the ease that arms are slung around friends’ shoulders after cold beers.

He gave an instance of when he couldn’t refrain from drinking 33 Export Lager beer. He said: “A couple of weeks ago, my university roommate was in Asaba. It was a happy re-union again. We met for dinner like we usually do. I didn’t want anything, but my friend grabbed a beer and gave me. I couldn’t say no. At the restaurant, he ordered a bottle of wine and I drank two glasses. Infact, we were happy being together after years of graduation from the University of Port Harcourt.”

When asked which brand of beer he likes most, he was quick to point out that it is Export 33 Lager Beer. He said it eases awkwardness and loosens ‘my uptight self up.’  He said: “I’m going to keep drinking, there’s no doubt about that, but I enjoy drinking my 33 Export Lager Beer with my friends. I enjoy many aspects of it, including the taste. It’s good for the body, it keeps one healthy. And it keeps friendship going.”

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