Settling one of the most hotly debated topics to challenge men and women since Joseph Holt sold his first pint of nutty brown bitter to a group of mill boys on a bender, it turns out that nights out with the lads ARE good for the health of the male species.
Well, arguably so.
According to this article in the Telegraph, researchers in Germany found it was good for a man’s health to be allowed time to bond with fellow males.
According to the research, male bonding is more likely to lower a man’s stress levels than a night out with his partner, or time spent with the family.
The study found males suffer less anxiety when out in a group.
But there is a but.
Scientists from Germany’s University of Gottingen studied groups of Barbary macaques, a type of ape which exhibits remarkably human-like social behaviour.
Are the researchers really saying that men enjoy acting like apes when they go out with the lads?
I think they might be.
Caption: Yes, this is a chimp drinking beer, but you get the point.