I really needed to know that.
And now,,thanks to a bunch of researchers at the University of Kent I
Using an app developed in order to better understand human wellbeing, they asked users to report on who they were with and what they were doing when recording their happiness score.
After analysing more than two million responses over three years they they have determined (surprise, surprise) that when users were drinking, their happiness levels increased by 10.79 points.
However, the researchers, being researchers, have decided after taking into account that drinking often takes place with other pleasurable activities, the figure is probably closer to four points for both men and women.
What it adds up to then is what most of us already know: Alcohol can help ease the pain of unpleasant activities, and make pleasurable activities even more pleasurable.
It can, as the researchers are bound to point out, also be harmful to our health and does not make users happier in the long term..
A finding, I'm sure, that most will continue to ignore.