Jul 14, 2017

With every centenarian revealed from some corner of the world comes another claim to the secret for a long life. Some of them say it’s keeping their diet clean and green. Others say it’s the lack of vice in their lives. Others still claim it’s the consumption of some odd food like raw honey or boiled cod.

While there’s a long list of supposed secrets to a long life, one of the most consistently mentioned is alcohol. More specifically, wine.

In a recent report from a local channel in America, a 100-year-old grandmother from Maine accredits the longevity of her life to her daily glasses of wine.

Florence Bearse is a spritely old lady staying in Westgate Center for Rehabilitation in Bangor, Maine. With a dry sense of humor and a straightforward personality, Bearse proudly says to the rest of the world, “I like my wine. Don’t take it away from me.”

And she’s not alone.

Before this lovely lady graced America’s television screens, there have been other centenarians who proudly and doubtlessly say that they owed their impressive ages to a good glass of red wine.

There’s the grandmother who does yoga and drinks two glasses of wine everyday. Eileen Whelan Ash is the 105-year-old resident of Norwich, England known for being the oldest Test Cricketer to live. With the help of her regular yoga sessions, Ash has kept in such a great shape for her old age that she can still drive her yellow Mini Cooper at 105. Below is a picture of Ash during her glory days.

Then, there’s the grandfather from Spain who drinks a good amount of brandy and wine on daily. Correction, he only drinks brandy and wine on the daily. Antonio Docampo Garcia was a local of Vigo, northwestern Spain who exclusively drank his own homemade red wine. He loved wine so much he reportedly consumed 200 litres of wine every month.

Outrageous as it may sound, this dependence on red wine seems to have led the gentleman to live a long and happy life.

Dietitians and medical doctors maintain that nothing beats a healthy diet and an active lifestyle to keep our bodies going for as long as they can. However, it may be argued that the evidence at hand proves other alternatives are valid.

You know how the saying goes: Once is an accident. Twice is a coincidence. Three times is proof that our nightcaps are tantamount to the fountain of youth.

Photos courtesy of cricketcountry.com, lavozdegalicia.es, and unsplash.com.

 

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