Centenarian Says Beer is the Secret to a Long Life

Editor's note: This article was originally published Sept. 7, 2016.

A South Carolina woman who recently celebrated her 103rd birthday says a beer a day is the key to a long and happy life.

In an interview by WCSC Live 5 News, Mildred Bowers of Mount Pleasant says there are two secrets to longevity. The first she says is good genes. The other? A tall glass of beer.

"Doctor's orders," she said during the interview.

Mildred, known by her friends at Millie, lived through the Great Depression and has since outlived two husbands.

During a conversation with her doctor, Millie expressed her love of beer. She was given approval to continue enjoying her preferred beverage on a regular basis. Now living in an assisted living facility, Millie still follows her doctor's orders. The nurses allow her to have a beer every day at 4 p.m.

A couple of Millie's friends came to visit for a pre-birthday celebration. They took her out and ordered her a beer. While enjoying her cold beverage, Millie also snapped her first selfie.

Millie isn't the only centenarian to let the secret to longevity slip. When Agnes Fenton, now 111, was turning 105, she told ABC World News that she spent the last 70 years enjoying three Miller High Lifes and a shot of Johnnie Walker Blue Label scotch every day.

Her regimen was also on doctor's orders.

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