Bristol club, Motion, finds 90 per cent of young people believe clubbing improves mental health

The Tab asked Bristol students what they actually think


A new study by Motion, the 4,000 capacity nightclub in Bristol, has found  90 per cent of young people believe clubbing improves their mental health.

The study involved 318 Bristol students answering the nightclub’s questionnaire. The team at Motion conducted this survey as part of their Keeping Bristol Moving campaign which is trying to get people excited about going clubbing.

Keep Hush undertook a study which shows following the Pandemic only 25% of Gen-Z said that they were still interested in going out clubbing. Clubs were closed down during Covid-19 and we all promised we would never take them for granted but with many people turning 18 during lockdown it seems excitement for going out has decreased.

Bristol is a vibrant city with a very exciting music scene and a vast range of clubs. As a Bristol student you will most likely have your weekend packed with plans of getting loose at Thekla’s Pop confessional or getting down and dirty at a D&B night in Basement 45.

Students definitely seem to enjoy dancing around in a sweaty room for hours but the question is: Do they think clubbing improves their mental health?

“Clubbing does improve my mental health. I often feel like I need a night out at the end of the week,” a third year physics and astrophysics student told The Bristol Tab.

“My course can be pretty full on and I look forward to a few hours where I don’t have to think about anything and can have fun with my friends. The hangover the next day can have the opposite effect but most of the time it’s worth it.”

What better way to relax that choking down some VKs and screaming out some ABBA every week?

Another third year student added: “The excitement of nights out improve my mental health but 80 per cent of the time it makes your mental health worse after”.

“It gives you structure in your week and something to look forward to, that’s the good part,” said a second year history student.

Other students we spoke to equally felt there were both positives and negatives.

“The hangovers and hangxiety seem to be the factor which is holding students back from saying it improves their mental health. However, “meeting new people, dancing and listening to music you enjoy as well as being around people your own age probably all helps improve your mental health,” a final year social policy student argued.

Raphy, a third year classical studies student raised a more concerning point: “You get worried about getting home safely and not to mention the dangers when you are out clubbing”. It was only last year that a surge of spiking was happening all throughout the UK and being unsafe is evidently still on student’s minds.

One second year social policy student has a more carefree approach and said: “Clubbing defo improves mental health cause you often end up doing drugs which help grow new neural pathways”. I’m not sure how factually correct this student is but it’s nice to hear some students are having a good time.

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