Was chatting to a mate and he mentioned that he used to get lonely and went to the club to drown his sorrows...
Seems to me that this type of 'medicine' is quite popular, which is a sad way to be.
In cities, one can be so lonely with hundreds of thousands of people around, yet, one can have so much peace and not be lonely out in the backblocks.
I once went 29 days without seeing another human being. The job I was doing had run out of funds and my boss 'forgot' I was still out bush...but was as happy as I could ever be. I had a great time fishing and exploring the Fitzroy River, WA.
Then again, have had twinges of loneliness in Brissie, away from my family...