Licence to swill: James Bond's alcohol consumption puts him at 'high risk' of cirrhosis, liver disease, tremors... and impotence
BMJ takes a light-hearted look at 007's drinking habits for its Christmas edition
Nick Clark is the arts correspondent of The Independent. He joined the newspaper in June 2007, initially reporting on the stock markets. He has covered beats including the City, and technology, media and telecoms and made the switch to arts in December 2011. He has also contributed articles to the sports section.
Friday 13 December 2013
James Bond’s excessive drinking put him at “high risk” of a series of alcohol-related diseases, according to experts, including tremors that may explain his preference for martinis “shaken, not stirred”.
Among the light-hearted studies for the Christmas edition of the British Medical Journal was an analysis of 14 novels by Ian Fleming following the quintessential British spy to study his drinking habits.
The medical experts found that 007 drank more than four times the recommended weekly alcohol limit, putting him at risk of diseases including “cirrhosis, alcoholic liver disease, alcohol-induced tremor, and early death”. One worry for the notorious ladies’ man is another side effect is impotence.
Those behind the report found Bond’s weekly alcohol consumption was around 92 units, and that he had only 12 alcohol free days out of 87 on which he was able to drink. Across the books, he drank a total of 1,150 units.
The authors of the report took into account days he was imprisoned by villains hell-bent on world domination, when he would have been unable to drink, or recuperating in hospital.
Ideally, they said, martinis should be stirred not shaken. “That Bond would make such an elementary mistake in his preferences seems incongruous with his otherwise impeccable mastery of culinary etiquette,” they said.
“We examined Bond’s alcohol consumption to determine whether he might have been unable to stir his drinks because of the persistent shaking of alcohol-induced tremor, making it more socially acceptable to ask for his drinks ‘shaken not stirred’.” The medical practitioners advised “immediate referral for further assessment and treatment”.
Other studies in the magazine include “Is laughter really the best medicine?” and “How Wagner’s operas held secrets of his disabling migraines and headaches.”
Life & Style blogs
Alexander McQueen at auction: What makes a really great piece of fashion?
A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
No female ejaculation, please, we’re British: a history of porn and censorship
Stressed nurses are 'forced to choose between health of patients and their own'
Pornhub: Kim Kardashian's sex tape is the most-watched porn video of all-time
- 1 Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
£65000 - £80000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Finance Director required to jo...
£15000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is a unique opportunity fo...
£50000 per annum + 26 days holiday,pension: Ashdown Group: A highly successful...
£27000 per annum + pension + holidays: The Jenrick Group: A Quality Technician...