You know, if he were a real person and not a character.
I’m not sure anyone is surprised by these findings – though the fact that the Medical Journal of Australia did a study on James Bond’s drinking habits probably raised a few eyebrows. The research does cast Bond’s sexy, devil-may-care, playboy image into somewhat of a sadder light.
The authors say Bond displayed “severe alcohol use disorder” over the course of his 6 decades and 24 movies, drinking 109 times on screen. In his most excessive outing (Quantum of Solace), he drank 6 Vespers, which would have put his blood alcohol level at about .36 grams per deciliter.
“Enough to kill some people,” the authors noted.
His drinking habits – binge drinking, drinking and driving, drinking and fighting, drinking and getting into bed with ladies – qualify for more than half of the American Psychiatric Association’s DSM-5 criteria for alcohol use disorder.
“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.”
Of course, since he’s been young and handsome and killing the spy game since 1962, he probably doesn’t have a whole lot of health concerns. Also, again, he’s a fictional character.
The study was meant to be a fun exercise but ended up winning a competition held by the Journal around Christmas.
I guess this proves even scientists have senses of humor (and good taste in movies). Who knew?