Gin and Tonics Are the Secret to a Long Life, Says 100-Year-Old Woman

Forget superfoods and exercise, the secret to long life can be found in a cocktail. At least, that’s what Mabel Jackson believes. The 100-year-old resident of Suffolk, England, credits her long life to the six Gin & Tonics she consumes daily, according to the Suffolk Gazette. Jackson first started regularly drinking gin at the age of 18. To date, she has consumed the equivalent of 4,264 bottles of the stuff, primarily in Gin & Tonics.

“I have two at lunchtime, one at tea time with a biscuit and then three more during the evening while I do my knitting,” she told the Gazette. Adorable.

Of course, there’s no medically-sound evidence that gin has kept Jackson alive, and she is considered a “heavy drinker” (eight or more drinks a week) by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Still, her daughter Mary Whiteside thinks the drink has preserved her like one of our favorite cocktail garnishes.

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