James Bond, fictional British secret agent, is a ‘severe’ alcoholic: 5 health benefits and risks of alcohol


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A study says James Bond, the British Secret Service, is a severe alcoholic. Take a look at how alcohol use can affect your health.

James Bond, the fictional British Secret Service, is a ‘severe’ alcoholic

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New Delhi: A university analysis suggests that James Bond, the fictional British Secret Service, is a ‘severe’ alcoholic, adding that the 007 Agent should be given medical help by his employer, M16. The fun study conducted by the academics at the University of Otago in New Zealand found that double agent drank an average of 4.5 times in each film - a total of 109 drinks over 24 films. Study authours also observed that Mr Bond demonstrated the extreme for the character’s alcoholism in ‘Quantum of Solace’ played by Daniel Craig when consumed 24 drinks, enough to kill a person.

The study, published in the Medical Journal of Australia pointed out that 007’s employer, M16, should have been more responsible for Bond’s character - his chronic alcohol use. The authors classified Bond as having severe alcohol use disorder, as their analysis showed that he satisfied six of 11 DSM-5 criteria for this condition. DSM-5 is the standard classification of mental disorders used by mental health professionals to assess the disorders. Read - Weight loss and diabetes: Knowing these 5 things about alcohol use will help you slim down successfully

“There is strong and consistent evidence that James Bond has a chronic alcohol consumption problem at the ‘severe’ end of the spectrum. He should seek professional help and try to find other strategies for managing occupational stress,” noted authors of the study.

Alcohol use: The health benefits and risks

Studies have shown that using alcohol in moderation has possible health benefits, but it’s not risk-free. Take a closer look at alcohol consumption and your health.

  1. According to researchers, moderate consumption of alcohol may reduce your risk of developing and dying from heart disease. The idea is that moderate amounts of alcohol increase levels of HDL, or ‘good’ cholesterol – higher HDL levels are linked to a greater protection against cardiovascular ailments, including stroke.
  2. Drinking alcohol, red wine in particular, may also help lower your risk for certain conditions, including gallstone formation, type 2 diabetes and dementia.
  3. Some research suggests that moderate use of alcohol might actually protect against erectile dysfunction, thereby improving your libido. It may also add a few years to your life.
  4. Heavy drinking, or binge drinking, can increase your risk of serious conditions such as high blood pressure, heart muscle damage, stroke, liver disease, pancreatitis, and certain cancers, etc.
  5. Excessive drinking can make you pile on the pounds, mainly because alcohol is often empty calories and contains other elements that can lead to weight gain.

In general, moderate consumption of alcohol for healthy adults means up to 2 drinks per day for men age 65 and younger. For women and men older than age 65, it’s up to 1 drink a day. One should always check with his/her doctor about what’s right and safe for their health.