Stress hormones at an all-time low | Photo Credit:
Stress hormones at an all-time low | Photo Credit: Barry Pousman

Turns out, boozing with the boys is not only fun but it’s also good for one’s mental health reports The Telegraph.

That finding, which was the result of research completed by scientists from Germany’s University of Gottingen is giving men just one more reason to spend time away from their significant others. According to the study, stress levels among men significantly drop when hanging with members of the same-sex. The same cannot be said for date nights or time spent with family.

“Male macaques form social bonds similar to human friendships that buffer them against day-to-day stressors.” – Christopher Young, University of Gottingen’s Primate Social Evolution Group

Those findings are based on experiments conducted amongst groups of apes called Barbary macaques. The macaques are known to exhibit social behaviours that are closely akin to humans. The study in question illustrated how stress hormones rose among the apes when they were forced to interact with family members or mates. On the flipside, those same stress hormones dropped when interacting amongst a group of males.

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Barbary macqques | Photo Credit: Karyn Sig

So there you have it ladies— just one more reason we need to go have some drinks with the boys tonight.

Find the entire Telegraph article here: Men need nights out with the lads, scientists say