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Should pubs be bringing back billiard, bar billiard or pool tables? The answer is yes if one academic is correct.

According to Aske Juul Lassen from University of Copenhagen’s Center for Healthy Aging “old age has, in a sense, been cancelled”.

And he says the senior members of our communities should be getting down the pub having a beer and a game of billiards.

Lassen said: “30 years ago, the elderly were not expected to be active at all – they were actually advised not to exercise as it was considered dangerous.

“Playing cards were seen as a more fitting activity. Today, we are all expected to live active, healthy lives until the day we die – in good health – at the age of 90.”

Lassen said: “Playing billiards often comes with a certain life style – drinking beer and drams for instance.”

And of course most billiard tables are in pubs and clubs.

“But billiards does constitute active ageing. Billiards is, first of all, an activity that these men thoroughly enjoy and that enhances their quality of life while immersing them in their local community and keeping them socially active,” said Lassen.

“And billiards is, secondly, very suitable exercise for old people because the game varies naturally between periods of activity and passivity and this means that the men can keep playing for hours. Not very many old people can endure physical activity that lasts five hours, but billiards enables these men to spread their physical activity out through the day,” says Lassen.

So rack up the balls and bring on the beer and let’s say cheers to a long and active life!


Tim Hampson’s Tweets can be found @beerhero

His published work includes The Beer Book, World Beer, Haynes Beer Manual, Haynes Whisky Manual, Eyewitness Companion Beer, Great Beers, 101 Beer Days Out, London’s Riverside Pubs, London’s Best Pubs, London’s Best Style Bars, Room at the Inn.

He is currently chairman of the British Guild of Beer Writers.


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October 11, 2014 at 4:44 pm

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