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Woman who turned 101 says tequila is the secret to long life

Woman who turned 101 says tequila is the secret to long life

Mary Flip, who lived through the Great Depression and two World Wars, credits the Mexican liquor to her 'happy' life.

A 101-year-old woman says the secret to a ‘happy’ life is tequila.

NBC 15 reported that Mary Flip of Chandler, Arizona, who lived through the Great Depression, multiple wars and birthed six kids, believes indulging in the Mexican liquor is a sure way to secure a long life.

The woman has also maintained her fiery sense of humour through the years as her daughter asked, 'How do you feel?', to which she replied, 'With my hand'.

Mary moved to Mexico at 18, where she cultivated her affinity for tequila and lived as a rancher.


The 101-year-old revealed she lost her mother and sister at a young age and has been on her own since then.

However, shortly after moving to Mexico, she met her husband.

She moved back to Chicago when she was pregnant with her first child, where she changed careers and became a reputable artist recognised by the Chicago School of Art.

She told NBC 15: “I really like to draw. And I was able to figure out that things change even as you’re drawing them. So, I was able to develop and make them look real. It took time but I had nothing else to do except raise a bunch of kids.”

While speaking to reporters, Mary celebrated her birthday in style by treating herself to her favourite beer: Guinness.

As her family and friends danced around her, she joked: “Oh, I’ll get up on the table.”

I mean, officially the coolest grandmother ever?

It seems many vouch that alcohol is the elixir to a long life.

Similarly, when the world’s oldest woman Lucile Randon, known as Sister Andre, turned 118 in April, she told news outlets that a wine a day keeps the doctor away.

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Randon, who resides in Toulon, France, says her carer provides her with a glass of vino for every breakfast and morning mass.

The staff member at Sister Andre's care home said: "Her glass of wine maintains her and is perhaps her longevity secret. I don’t know – I don’t encourage people to drink a glass of wine everyday!"

I mean, given that the woman has lived through two world wars and a pandemic, she’s definitely on to something here.

While David Tavella, communications director of Sister Andre's nursing home, said she is 'happy' with the title, she is now vying for Jeanne Calment's crown, who passed away at 122 in 1997.

Well, it sounds like Sister won’t be slowing down on the grog any time soon.

Perhaps, her concoction could use a dash of tequila?

Featured Image Credit: NBC15.

Topics: News, World News