World’s oldest man credits one cup of liquor a day for long life at 113

Juan Vicente Mora drinks from a cup

Juan Vicente Perez Mora drinks a cup of liquor a day (Image: Guinness World Records)

The world’s oldest man revealed Colombian alcohol as one of his secrets to good health as he celebrated his 113th birthday.

Born on May 27, 1909, Venezuelan Juan Vicente Perez Mora was married to his wife for six decades before she passed away in 1997.

Together they had 11 children, 41 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and 12 great-great-grandchildren.

Aside from slightly elevated blood pressure and deteriorating hearing, Perez Mora is otherwise in very good health and likely has a few years left, his doctor Enrique Guzman said.

“He seems perfectly fine to me. he has a good heart He has age-related changes, but he doesn’t need long-term intervention or treatment,” the doctor said.

“I think that with his activity, his hygiene and his diet, he is a person who I think will live for many years to come.”

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Juan Vicente Mora as a young man

Perez Mora and his brother worked on a farm as children (Image: Guinness World Records)

Perez Mora attributes his long life to four factors: praying twice a day, working hard, going to bed early — and drinking a cup of aguardiente, an anise-flavored liqueur.

“My father is in very good health. He does not suffer from any medical condition that requires medical treatment,” his daughter Nelyda Perez told Guinness World Records.

“The next day, after resting, he says he wakes up very well. The whole family is very thankful for my father’s health.”

One of 10 children, Perez Mora was born in the town of El Cobre in Tachira, but his family soon moved to the village of Los Pajuiles, San Jose de Bolivar.

When he was barely five years old, he joined his brothers and father to work on a farm harvesting sugar cane and coffee.

A doctor measures Juan Vicente Mora's blood pressure

Perez Mora does not take any long-term medication (Image: Reuters)

He didn’t start school until he was 10, only to quit five months later when his teacher fell ill.

Nevertheless, they had given him a book with which he taught himself to read and write.

The great-great-grandfather worked as a sheriff in the city of Caricuena for 10 years and became Venezuela’s first male supercentenarian when he celebrated his 110th birthday in 2019.

He became the world’s oldest person after Saturnino de la Fuenta Garcia – who was born in Spain on February 11, 1909 – died in January at the age of 112 years and 341 days.

Perez Mora hopes to be remembered as a hard worker, loyal husband and good Catholic.

“My Uncle Vicente exudes a lot of peace, calm and exudes a lot of joy. He’s a person who has a lot to give,” his nephew Fredy Abreu told Guinness World Records.

“He enjoys the basics of life and is very thankful to God. His family is his support.’

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