Mariano "Pops" Rotelli thinks you ought to have a bit of whiskey every day. That's what he does and he's still alive and socializing at the unlikely age of 107.
"I've had a shot of whiskey in my coffee every morning for 100 years," he told the Newnan Times Herald at his birthday party. "I went to the doctor three times in 100 years. He's dead. I'm still living."
Rotelli, who lives in Senoia, Georgia, says there's no need to be particular about what kind of whiskey he takes. He puts the whiskey and his morning coffee and drinks whatever his son-in-law Bill Tyre brings him. It's usually Jim Beam Black, according to the Newnan Times Herald.
“He’s never worried about anything,” said his daughter Nancy Tyre, stating exactly what you assumed.
Rotelli joins a growing chorus of people who have reached an advanced age and swear a little something to drink has helped them keep going. Grace Jones, who is 109, credits whiskey consumption for her advanced age. “I don’t drink, but I have a little drop of whiskey every night,” she says.
Then there's 103-year-old Mildred Bowers, who Thrillist wrote about previously. She has a simple bit of advice for everyone: "Have a beer."
It might not be hard science, but you should always respect your elders. So, you should probably have a drink.