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Did You Know That Going to the Pub is Good for Your Health?

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You could claim that going to the nearest pub for a few drinks is practically a national sport. Furthermore, friendships play a big part in our general wellbeing. So much so that we celebrate the annual World Friendship Day. And a mix of friends and drinks is a winning combination! Previously published research from Oxford University highlights that meeting our friends at the pub makes us more cheerful, healthy and happy.

The Pub: The Cathedral of Friendship

The pub is a natural meeting place and the social life in the pub provides a better quality of life for many. An important part of maintaining your social relationships is meeting face to face. The research from Oxford University did, in fact, indicate that persons who go to the local neighbourhood pub near their home or their workplace tend to have more close friends.

Solid friendships

It is said that going to pubs and bars helps to provide a solid social network. The social aspect helps to improve happiness and our health in general. The authors of the report stressed that it is better to make friends and maintain friendships when we meet physically. The social networks and the digital world are simply supplements that cannot replace human contact. When you meet up for a drink you strengthen the bonds of friendship.

On the other hand, researchers from the Department of Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford also found that the locality of the pub plays a role. Pubs and bars in local neighbourhoods or in small municipalities offer greater benefits than the pubs located in more central areas and in cities. The neighbourhood pubs often have a more familiar setting, while the bigger and more central pubs do not offer the same atmosphere for maintaining friendships.

Go to the pub, but drink in moderation

When the Oxford study was published it also highlighted that limited and moderate alcohol consumption improves our well-being and some (but not all) social skills. Therefore, it is worth remembering the benefits of drinking in moderation.

The cosy bars and pubs offer a social setting, where you can enjoy a drink with your friends in a responsible community environment. So maybe it is a good idea to leave the house and meet up with some friends at the pub for a drink. Silence the smartphones, gather around the table, and enjoy a moment of good old-fashioned friendship.

 

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4 Tips For A Healthy Life Drinking Wine

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Every so often new studies documenting the health benefits from drinking wine are published, and almost just as often other studies showing links between diseases and frequent wine consumption appear.

Some of the benefits of enjoying a daily glass of wine include the reduction of cholesterol, stress and diabetes; on the other hand, you also risk the possibility of developing cancer and liver problems. With all this conflicting information it is ok to ask: Can you lead a healthy life when drinking wine? The answer is yes. In the wine itself certain elements are present that are known to be beneficial to health, and so it is advisable to drink a glass of wine a day.

4 tips for a healthy life drinking wine

Moderate consumption of wine does not have to be harmful to your health, indeed, it can even be beneficial if it is included as part of a lifestyle with healthy habits.

  1. Eat a healthy and balanced diet. The most important habit to maintain a healthy lifestyle is to consume a balanced diet with fruits and vegetables being the main food group and make sure your diet also contains sufficient fibre. There are numerous wines that are perfect for pairing with salads and stews. Meat and fish are also important parts of your diet but make sure to choose lean pieces and reduce the intake of animal fats.
  2. Lead an active life. Exercising on a regular basis also contributes to your overall health. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a strenuous sport, the most important thing for improving your health is to exercise regularly.
  3. Reduce stress in your life. Feeling relaxed and avoiding stress is just as important as eating well and exercising. A nice way to try to control the stress is to enjoy good times with friends from time to time, perhaps accompanied with a good bottle of wine.
  4. Drink wine responsibly. Wine can be part of a healthy lifestyle and can even be the perfect excuse to meet friends or to enjoy a meal in pleasant company. Just keep in mind to be aware of how much you drink – the recommendation is a daily glass of wine of 125 ml – and do not drink on an empty stomach.

So, yes, it is possible to lead a healthy life when drinking wine. And, by the way, although it is usually red wine that is mentioned when talking about the benefits of wine, it is worth mentioning that white wine possesses exactly the same positive health effects as red wine.

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A glass of wine a day and health

VinoDrinking red wine every day during meals is considered normal in a lot of countries but in certain cultures this habit could seem slightly odd. In most of Europe and America it would not surprise anybody, infact, drinking a glass of wine every day is the most normal thing in the world. However the point we are going to focus on is not cultural nor social, least of all is it about wine qualities and the pleasure that it implies.

Research studies from around the world concluded that a daily and moderate consumption of red wine extends life expectancy by about 36% more than in people who are not used to drinking it; it means that people drinking small daily doses of wine (one glass) live approximately 3.8 years longer than the ones who don?t drink it.

Additionally the people drinking a daily glass of red wine have 34% lower risk of heart diseases, a health problem which increases death rate in people with advanced age.

More benefits of red wine

Besides letting us ?live longer?, wine has other properties that could be compared to medicine. As everybody knows, red wine significantly helps the circulatory system. But than?s nota ll wine is for: Doctor Janet L. Stanford said that men drinking 4 or 5 glasses of red wine per week have 50% lower risk of prostate cancer, and stated that wine is a powerful antioxidant, a good anti-inflammatory agent and is also really helpful in eliminating carcinogenic cells.

?According to these studies, white wine, beer and other spirits don?t have the same preventive value as red wine.?

Another miraculous power of wine is its ability to aid in losing weight, because the liver processes red wine calories in a particular way: it converts them in energy and not in fat.

It?d be hazardous to reccomend alcohol for medical purposes, but it?s clear that wine has a lot of good qualities if you drink it moderately because, whatever wine or alcohol is, its consumption must always come along with common sense and moderation.

This information came from the Department of Public Health of Wageningen?s University (Holland).