A study, based on research by Leeds University Business School and Newcastle Business School, of almost 300 parishes in the UK, found that villages without a pub were prone to fall apart, while communities with just one had the highest sense of well-being, happiness and social cohesion.
The report, led by Assistant Professor of Strategy and Innovation, Dr Matthew Mount, ruled out the assumption that more is better, and found that communities with more than one pub see a decrease in social cohesion.
The report said:
“A higher concentration of pubs in such small villages and remote areas may generate and amplify the magnitude of possible negative [effects], eg noise”
By comparing data from 2000 to 2010 in eight counties, the report found that the number of pubs had fallen from 500 in 2000 to 200 in 2010, but their importance for cohesion had more than doubled.