103-Year-Old Woman Reveals Her Personal Fountain Of Youth

A South Carolina woman who will turn 103 on at the end of the month has revealed her longevity secret. At 4 p.m. every day, Mildred Bowers has a glass of beer.

Bowers gave away her secret, or one of them, during an early birthday party at a local restaurant. The twice-widowed Bowers told CBS Charleston affiliate WCSC Live5 News that her daily cold one has the approval of the physician at her assisted living facility.

"Have a beer, doctor's orders," she said.

The beer-drinking idea originally came up during a conversation with nurses, and once it had a medical approval, she was good to go.

Assuming it meets with the approval of caregivers and healthcare professionals, should other seniors follow the same regimen?

"Yes, if they like it," Bowers explained. "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."

Mildred (or "Millie") Bowers also emphasized to the local TV station that good genetics have been essential to her health.

"My mind is good; I have no problem with that, and that's the big thing that a lot of people don't have at my age is a good mind," she added.

According to the Thrillist website, others are following a similar path for life extension.

"Bowers joins several other seniors who have attributed their longevity to booze, like Grace Jones of England, who, when celebrating her 109th birthday late last year, said she has a 'drop of whiskey every night.' And lets not forget the 110-year-old New Jersey woman who swears by drinking three Miller High Lifes and a shot of scotch every day.This might be wishful thinking, but maybe they're onto something, guys. Cheers. "
Similarly, as the Inquisitr reported last summer, a centenarian in Pennsylvania attributed her long life to "a lot of booze,' while a 110-year-old Nebraska man suggested that one can of beer every day was his secret elixir for staying young.

This kind of advice obviously runs counter to the conventional diet-and-exercise wisdom for a long, healthy life.

With that in mind, a Russian man who died in 2012 supposedly at age 122 claimed that abstaining from booze, tobacco, and women allowed him to enjoy such a long existence. His typical diet consisted of dairy products, fruits, corn, vegetables, whey, and wild garlic.

In the alternative, a Texas woman, then 104, starting drinking three cans of Dr. Pepper each day when she was in her 60s and has never looked back. The unconventional Dr. Pepper consumption notwithstanding, the centenarian admitted that she has no particular longevity secret other than "you just keep living."

Upon marking her 102nd birthday, a Connecticut woman recommended an approach for achieving a long life unrelated to alcohol and soda: Consume only fresh food and avoid any eats out of a can.

A report in U.S. News outlined several characteristics that centenarians, which comprise a growing population in the U.S., apparently have in common. Most are female, caucasian, live in a group setting, and are usually located in urban areas in the Northeast or Midwest. According to a book on the subject summarized by Forbes, living to 100 centers on a lifestyle that includes a positive attitude, eating nutritious food in moderation, regular exercise, faith, not smoking, and just occasional drinking, strong family ties, with good genes as a bonus.

"A study published in 2013, in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research suggested that — for reasons that aren't entirely clear — abstaining from alcohol does tend to increase one's risk of dying, even when you exclude former problem drinkers. The most shocking part? Abstainers' mortality rates are higher than those of heavy drinkers," dBTechno claimed.

Do you think that drinking beer in moderation could be key to a long life? If not, what are your secrets for staying young?

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