102-Year-Old Attributes Longevity To Drinking A Beer A Day

Above: 102-year-old woman says drinking beer is the secret to longevity
Above: 102-year-old woman says drinking beer is the secret to longevity

“An apple a day keeps the doctor away.”

We’re all familiar with that old gem—but it’s a little boring isn’t it? Well, what if we swapped out the word “apple”, and replaced it with say, “beer.”

Then we’d have: “a beer a day keeps the doctor away.”

Given everything we know about alcohol’s long-term effects on the human body, that seems like pretty bad advice, doesn’t it? Well, according to a 102-year-old woman from South Carolina, it’s not as bad as it sounds.

Mildred Bowers, who turns 103 this August, attributes her incredible longevity to drinking a cold pint of beer a day—a ritual that has actually been approved by her doctor. This unlikely detail of Bowers’ diet apparently came about after a conversation with some nurses, who didn’t see any harm in the idea. Now, those nurses bring her a cold pint every day at 4:00pm, and then it’s down the hatch.

“Look, there are people who don’t like coffee and people who don’t like tea, but I want everyone to drink what they like,” Bowers told NBC. “Have a beer, doctor’s orders.”

Of course, Bowers is not the first person to sing the praises of alcohol as an elixir for longevity. As AskMen reminds, a woman in New Jersey recently hit the 110-year mark after 70 years of drinking three beers and a shot of whisky every day. Then there’s the recently-deceased Spanish vineyard owner who lived to 107 drinking nothing but wine

Yet while a recent study did suggest that drinking could increase your lifespan, the science is certainly still shaky on the issue. That said, Bowers’ beer-a-day ritual is an undeniably refreshing break from the diets, supplements and medications that we’re typically told are the keys to longevity.

Cheers, Ms. Bowers!

Tom Taylor

Tom Taylor

Tom Taylor is a globetrotting writer currently based in Ottawa, Canada. He covers mixed martial arts for Fightland and Vice Sports, and freelances for a number of other publications. Follow him on Twitter @TomTayMMA.

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