A recent YouGov survey conducted for CAMRA has shown real ale drinkers are reaping the personal and social wellbeing benefits of pub-going. 

The survey found, excluding those who don’t know, 56 per cent of regular real ale drinkers who go to pubs have made one friend or more there, compared to 35 per cent of the general pub-going population.

Furthermore, 30 per cent of real ale drinkers report making five or more mates from their pub visits (pictured), compared to just 16 per cent of all pub-goers, when excluding those who don’t know. 

Research conducted in 2016 with Oxford University shows people who have a local pub are happier, more trusting and better-connected to their community.

Given the pivotal role pubs play, CAMRA is calling for substantial reforms to better support the industry and keep pubs open and thriving. This includes a preferential rate of duty for beer sold in the on-trade, greater support for publicans tied to large pubcos and a significant cut in pubs business rates.

CAMRA’s national chairman Nik Antona said: “Pubs play a significant role in communities across the country. It’s vital the government continues to reduce closures so pubs remain at the heart of communities. 

“In addition, it is imperative that beer drinkers continue to support pubs by visiting them. Our Summer of Pub campaign aims to show what they have to offer and remind people how important they are to communities.”

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