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Here’s a target to aim for

A recently-deceased 107-year-old Spanish attributed his long-life to drinking four bottles of wine each day and never drinking water.

Antonio Docampo García, who died last week in Vigo, northwestern Spain, said he only imbibed his own homemade red wine.

Mr Docampo would drink two bottles of red wine with his lunch and another two with dinner.

Pretty damn good actually but I have to say that I might prefer a life where I can remember more than just noon each day.

17 thoughts on “Here’s a target to aim for”

  1. So Much For Subtlety

    I am not sure what Spanish red wine is like, but isn’t that a little dehydrating? You body needs to buffer the alcohol and other goodies in red wine with water and so removes it from the rest of your body?

    That is why a handover can be minimized by drinking a large glass of milk before going to bed.

    If you don’t drink water and you do drink red wine, where is the water going to come from? Is this even possible?

    But full marks to that man. Someone tell our Social Justice Public Health Warriors.

  2. SMFS: That is why a handover can be minimized by drinking a large glass of milk before going to bed.

    I believe you – if that’s what you want. Do you have a recipe for a legover?

  3. SMFS,
    The health “professionals” have been warning against fat forever, based on a fixed study.
    They are starting to realise that carbohydrates are the problem, and hence are targeting sugar.
    Haven’t heard them mention fat lately, but I suppose an apology would be too much to ask for.

  4. Antonio Docampo García, who died last week in Vigo, northwestern Spain, said he only imbibed his own homemade red wine.

    UN VAMPIRO!

  5. The clue is in the fact that it’s homemade red wine. Probably about 2% alcohol, the rest just grape juice.

    The sugar alone should have given him diabetes by now though. That’s assuming our health professionals are right and that diabetes is indeed linked to sugar consumption.

  6. Just imagine what a long and happy life he could have had if only he had paid more attention to the 7 units per week guidelines . Poor fellow.

  7. Andrew M you beat me to it. Brewing is one of our oldest water purification methods. If the sanitation system were to collapse the survivors would be the ones drunk from their homemade hooch.

    I’m not sure that sugar is much of an issue if you avoid processed foods. Store bought juices are sickeningly sweet to me. My homemade brandy tastes like it has a far lower sugar content with the added advantage of me passing out before I can drink as much.

  8. I don’t get the 2%?

    When I used to make this stuff (eons ago as a teenager), I could easily ferment to 16% naturally (without fortification). And you would have to stop it in the middle of the process to avoid that.

    With no sugar added, I wouldn’t believe that his grapes are limited to a potential of 2% – unless you meant he then diluted it subsequently?

  9. “I might prefer a life where I can remember more than just noon each day.”

    Workwise, everything meaningful happens – is accomplished, before noon. The remainder of the day is about killing time, basic maintenance and socialising

  10. “That’s assuming our health professionals are right and that diabetes is indeed linked to sugar consumption.”

    Fun fact. Invert-sugar is supposed to be Bad For You, when it’s nothing but “predigested” Saccharose, and thus consists of equal parts of Fructose and Glucose.
    Which are each “good” when found in fruit, granola bars, and other hippie food, but “Bad” if employed anywhere else. Saccharose is the Devil, apparently.
    Doubly Bad when identified with the appropriate E-numbers, of course…

    You just can’t win…

  11. My guess is that Senor Docampo had no running water and so diluted his weak home-made wine with water from a well.

  12. Grikath

    Yes, invert(ed) sugar can be seen as ‘pre-digested’ sucrose. Sucrose is a di-saccharide consisting of glucose and fructose. Accordingly, invert sugar is absorbed more quickly than sucrose just as glucose is absorbed more quickly than fructose. It’s the rate of absorption, leading to rapid insulin spikes, that can damage the body. So a diabetic can eat a bowl of fruit salad (fructose) but not a Cadbury’s Creme Egg (inverted sugar).

  13. @smfs
    That is why a handover can be minimized by drinking a large glass of milk before going to bed.

    Is it not – milk before drinking to line the stomach, water afterwards to re-hydrate?

  14. He lived a long time because he didn’t know or care about all this medical stuff.
    Oh and he never got shot. Not always easy in the last hundred years.

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