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Ellis Thorpe (Letters, 23 
December) asks whether it’s such a bad thing that so many pubs have closed.

But I would argue that the closure of a pub would not impact on the amount of 
alcohol a person drinks. Supermarket takeouts are cheaper anyway.

The closure of many pubs (or their conversion to trendy spots for youngsters) has removed a lifeline from many old people who have few other social networks.

Recent reports about the loneliness suffered by many of our senior citizens should underline this.

LORRAINE REYNOLDS

Glasgow