It’s a tale as old as time: plenty of humans who have surpassed the centennial milestone and scientific researchers have claimed drinking alcohol everyday increases longevity, providing hope to countless imbibers around the world. Queen Elizabeth, the longest-reigning monarch alive at 90-years-old, happens to be a fan of drinking all sorts of alcohol on a daily basis, a report published Monday said of the British royalty.
The queen begins her daily day-drinking with a fresh "Gin and Dubonnet," a strong lemon cocktail served on the rocks that's quite literally made for royalty: the Dubonnet brand was afforded a Royal Warrant, being a favorite within Buckingham Palace.
Elizabeth then typically enjoys a single glass of wine with her lunch, before transitioning into the evening with dry martinis. As the queen ends her nights in the sprawling royal estate in the City of Westminster, she usually drinks a flute of champagne.
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II raised her glass during a toast with President George W. Bush (not pictured) at a state dinner in the State Dining room of the White House in Washington, May 7, 2007. Photo: Reuters
Yes, you read all of that correctly: the queen of England drinks almost every single day, all throughout the day, mixing liquors and enjoying fine wines. For an elderly woman who stands at just five feet four inches, her daily consumption of alcohol is truly quite a feat.
Despite a recent health scare that put her and her husband, Prince Philip, on bed rest for nearly two weeks during New Year's celebrations, the royal monarch has resumed her daily duties and was showing no sign of slowing down. Elizabeth was also reportedly looking for someone to begin managing her social media profile as she continues her global activism and royal duties of the British throne.
Meanwhile, it remained unclear across the scientific community whether moderate alcohol consumption truly provided health benefits. Research published January in the Journal of Gerontology seemed to dispute previous findings which connected moderate drinking and good health, instead saying health was more likely related to socioeconomic status.
"In fact, our research suggests that older adults' health doesn't reflect 'how much' they are drinking; it reflects 'who is drinking,'" Dr. Andy Towers, the study’s lead author, said in a statement. "Moderate drinkers tend be wealthier with lifestyles that encourage good health, so it looks like there is a relationship between their drinking and their health status."
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