According to a 2010 census report, just 0.02 percent of the population lives to be 100-years-old. And while man has long searched for the secret to such extreme longevity—scouring the earth for fountains of youth and magical mushrooms—over the years centenarians have shared their tricks for staying in good health. More often than not, these remedies go against medicinal science, with 100-year-olds pointing to the health benefits of eating bacon and sushi every day for decades.
Still, one elderly woman from South Carolina has taken an even different approach to old age. 102-year-old Mildred Bowers claims drinking beer every day has helped her survive the Great Depression and outlived two husbands. Known as "Millie" to her friends, Bowers will turn 103 on August 31, and every day she continues to reach for a cold one at 4 p.m. sharp.
"It's all in the genes," she told WISTV. "I feel okay because I'm in good health."
Several years ago, after mentioning her love for beer to a few nurses, Bowers reached a deal with her assisted living facility to enjoy a brewski each day. Bowers’ doctor ultimately signed off on the plan, and now she throws back a cold one every chance she gets.
"Have a beer, doctor's orders," she said, sipping on a tall glass with some friends.
Bowers recommends the routine to anyone in the later stages of life, but only if they like the taste.
"Look, there are people who don't like coffee and people who don't like tea, but I want everyone to drink what they like," she said.
Still, Bowers isn’t the only centenarian to swear by booze. Last year, 110-year-old Agnes Fenton claimed to drink three Miller High Lifes and a glass of whiskey every day, and earlier this month a woman could be seen hitting a legendary beer pong shot on her 100th birthday.