Alcohol Use Disorder in a Secret Service Agent: Commander James Bond, 007
James Bond is seen as a role model and his drinking is often portrayed in a glamorous light. UK investigators read all 12 original full-length James Bond novels and recorded his alcohol consumption. In total, 123.5 days were described; on 36 days there was no alcohol consumption due to hospitalization or incarceration.
- Bond abstained on 14% of days when he was able to drink.
- Average drinks per drinking day was 9 standard 12 g US drinks.
- Maximum consumption in one day was 33 drinks (in From Russia With Love, day 3).
- He had hangovers and drank while working, before driving; on one occasion this precipitated a crash-related hospitalization. Bond’s period of peak consumption followed the death of his wife.
- He scored 3 on the CAGE alcoholism screening questionnaire, consistent with a moderate to severe alcohol use disorder (C: feels better drinking less; A: becomes annoyed when his drinking is challenged by his boss “M”; E: has an “eye opener” [reported in Thunderball and Living Daylights]).
- The investigators hypothesize that he was unable to stir drinks as a result of an alcohol-related tremor that led him to prefer his drinks shaken, despite the fact that this is not the ideal preparation of vodka martinis.