LONDON, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- British researchers said fictional superspy James Bond's preference for "shaken" martinis may be due to alcohol-induced tremors.
Dr. Patrick Davies and his colleagues said in this week's British Medical Journal they studied the secret agent's alcohol consumption in the novels by Ian Fleming and determined James Bond consumes than four times the amount of alcohol recommended by medical experts for an adult male.
Davies and his team said Bond's alcohol intake could lead to chronic conditions including liver disease, cirrhosis, sexual impotence, alcohol-induced tremor and an early death.
"The level of functioning as displayed in the books is inconsistent with the physical, mental, and indeed sexual functioning expected from someone drinking this much alcohol," the researchers wrote.
"We advise an immediate referral for further assessment and treatment, a reduction in alcohol consumption to safe levels, and suspect that the famous catchphrase 'shaken, not stirred' could be because of alcohol induced tremor affecting his hands," the authors said.