There have been many words to describe James Bond over the years; dashing, suave, debonair, and sexy. But alcoholic? Never! Bond is every man’s man. His life is exciting and action-packed. He drives exotic cars, always gets his man, and always gets the sexy girl. Yet a study by three British scientists, published in the journal BMJ and reported by Forbes tells quite another Bond tale.

Danger, Suspense, Intrigue!

It seems the real danger for James Bond is in the amount of alcohol he consumed on a weekly basis. At 92 martini’s per week (four times the legal limit), it’s doubtful Bond would be able to find his car let alone race away or chase anything without hitting the nearest tree.

Researchers described James Bond’s alcoholism as:

The level of functioning as displayed in the [James Bond] books is inconsistent with the physical, mental, and indeed sexual functioning expected from someone drinking this much alcohol.”

Before you start thinking about jumping on the James Bond speed-wagon to add a bit of excitement to your life or to get the beautiful girl; be aware of the real-life, long-term, life-threatening consequences:

  • Alcohol addiction
  • Depression
  • Hypertension
  • Cirrhosis of the liver
  • Heart failure
  • High risk of developing cancer
  • Inability to perform sexually
  • Tremors

The researchers who conducted this study reported a life expectancy for James Bond of 56 years. There is nothing charming about that.

A Picture is Worth 1,000 Words

This infographic depicting the study’s findings says it all on the subject of James Bond’s ‘hidden’ alcoholism. Consuming this much alcohol will not get the girl, or keep the girl long, keep the job with the income needed to get the car, which wouldn’t last long as a crash is evident.  Time to find another character to emulate; or better yet, stick with reality and be yourself.  The odds of winning are much better.