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Was James Bond An Alcoholic?

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“Dry martini, shaken, not stirred. ”James Bond’s infamous catchphrase is one of the most well-known drink orders around the world. Was James Bond an alcoholic?  Over the past sixty years, Agent 007 of Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service has captivated audiences with his daring adventures and suave persona. It’s difficult to imagine Bond staring down a villain or wooing the latest Bond girl over a game of cards without his signature drink, the Vesper, in hand. Despite the glamorization of his escapades, recent studies indicate that James Bond was at a higher risk of dying from his martini glass than at the hands of the enemy.

Was James Bond An Alcoholic?

What the data says on Bond’s habit

In a recent study published in the British Medical Journal, researchers examined Bond’s lifestyle and drinking habits to weigh in on the potential impacts his behavior might have in real life. The study included a thorough read-through of all 14 original James Bond novels. Researchers detailed the number of drinks consumed and also took into consideration times when Bond would be unable to drink – when incarcerated, for example. The results proved that Bond was an alcoholic of extreme proportions. Research determined that 007 drank an average of 96 units weekly, more than four times the amount recommended by the U.K.’s National Health Service, and more than six times the amount considered “heavy drinking” by the CDC here in the States.

Research suggests that Bond’s drinking habits would have greatly impacted his ability to handle his missions. And as CNN reports, alcoholics with habits similar to Bond’s “would be in the highest risk group for malignancies, depression, hypertension and cirrhosis and could also suffer sexual dysfunction.” The team also mused that Bond’s preference for shaken martinis could be the result of an inability to stir due to an alcohol-induced tremor.

Researchers say Bond needs help

In their conclusion, researchers recommended a rehab facility as 007’s next assignment: “Although we appreciate the societal pressure to consume alcohol when working with international terrorists and high stakes gamblers, we would advise Bond be referred for further assessment of his alcohol intake and reduce his intake to safe levels.” If not, Bond’s alcoholism may be the final villain to take him down.

There’s nothing glamorous about a struggle with alcohol abuse. It’s a real and dangerous disease that can impact every facet of life. If you or a loved one is battling a substance abuse problem, please contact The Watershed today: 1-800-861-1768.




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