It turns out you can't down martinis 24/7 and live to tell the tale -- not even if you're James Bond.
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"Their findings showed that Bond was a major alcoholic, in a category of drinkers at highest risk of developing malignancies, depression, hypertension and cirrhosis," writes the Los Angeles Times about the study. "Despite his reputation as a womanizer, he likely would have suffered from sexual dysfunction. And the reason he preferred his vodka martinis 'shaken, not stirred,' contrary to proper mixology? He himself would have been unable to stir due to alcohol-induced tremors."
Vanity Fair adds that 007 "consumed over four times the recommended amount of alcohol that is recommended for an adult male on a weekly basis," a lifestyle that led researches to "predict that he would have died from alcohol-related causes, like liver damage, by age 56."
So if you ever watched Sean Connery or Daniel Craig on the big screen and envied their exploits as 007, at least take heart: the spy will keel over soon enough.
[via British Medical Journal, h/t Vanity Fair]