Meet Agnes Fenton, the woman who drank three beers and a shot of whiskey every day for 70 years who just turned 110 years old.
Robert Young, director of the Gerontology Research Group, which keeps track of super centenarians, estimates there are just 600 people alive in the world who have reached the age of 110. Thomas Perls, director of the New England Centenarian Study at Boston University School of Medicine, of which Ms Fenton is a participant, puts the number at just 360, the website said.
Fenton hears and sees well, she reads the paper and listens to the radio, and hangs out with friends. She likes chicken wings, green beans, and sweet potatoes. She sleeps a lot and she prays. By all accounts she’s doing great with no serious health problems. Yet, every single day for 70 years she drank three beers and a shot of whiskey.
The scientists at Boston are trying to determine what it is about Ms Fenton that has enabled her to live so long. When she turned 105, she told reporters that part of her routine was to drink three Miller High Life’s and a shot of Johnnie Walker Blue Label scotch every day.
Ms Fenton, who was born in Mississippi, said she had done so for more than 70 years.
But in recent years she had been obliged to cut back. Her caregivers said that because she eats so little – her favourite foods are chicken wings, green beans and sweet potatoes – they do not want her to drink alcohol.
Ms Fenton put her longevity down to her faith. She said: “He gave me a long life and a good life, and I have nothing to complain about. You’ve got to have God in your life. Without God, you’ve got nothing.”
She said that after her only serious health problem (a benign tumor) several decades ago, her doctor told her to drink three beers a day. And that (plus a shot of whiskey) is what she did for the next seven decades.
Recently, though, Fenton has quit drinking on the advice of her caregivers, who wanted her to watch her alcohol intake now that she’s not eating as much as she used to.
Fenton is a participant in the New England Centenarian Study, which has been collecting data about her for five years.
“Each of our centenarians has their different secrets, if Fenton felt hers is alcohol, maybe it is.” –Stacy Andersen, PhD, the principal investigator in the genetic study.
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