Morphogenesis - Priestessing on the edge of chaos: GOING FOR A PINT COULD BE GOOD FOR THE MIND
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 GOING FOR A PINT COULD BE GOOD FOR THE MIND
picture 13 Nov 2003 @ 23:59, by Letecia Layson

Ananova November 6, 2003

Spending more time in the pub could be good for your brain.

Researchers from University College, London, found that while a drink with your friends may be bad for your waistline, it could be good for your mind.

In a study due to be published this month, they report on a direct link between the social aspects of going to the pub and improved verbal and numerical ability.

This contrasts starkly with more restrained activities such as gardening and painting which, the study found, had no benefit to the mind at all.

Psychologists from the university's Department of Epidemiology and Public Health analysed information on 10,000 civil servants of all grades working in London, says The Times .

The results, which were standardised to account for age and social class, were examined for connections between mental ability and the way that people spent their leisure time.

The researchers found that the best way to help the mind was by regular cultural visits to theatres, art galleries and stately homes.

This was closely followed by reading and listening to music. Involvement in clubs and voluntary organisations were also highly beneficial, as were taking part in courses and evening classes.

But the study, which will be published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, also found that social activities, like going to the pub, could be good for the mind.

The authors emphasise their study looked at social aspects alone and not the effect of beer on the brain.


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