Woman Turns 104, Credits Longevity to Drinking 3 Dr. Peppers Daily

03/20/2015 AT 10:00 AM EDT

On her 104th birthday, Elizabeth Sullivan wasn't crediting any doctor for her long life other than her favorite one: Dr. Pepper.

This Fort Worth, Texas, resident drinks three cans of the soda a day, and has for the past four decades regardless of any warnings against the soda's long-term health impacts.

"People try to give me coffee for breakfast. Well, I'd rather have a Dr. Pepper," she explained in an interview with Dallas-Fort Worth's KTVT. "Every doctor that sees me says they'll kill you, but they die and I don't. So there must be a mistake somewhere."

Sullivan, a former math teacher, celebrated this birthday with a gift basket from Larry Young, CEO of the Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, as well as a birthday cake made in the shape of a Dr. Pepper can and a shipment of her favorite beverage.



Speaking to KTVT, Sullivan said she was pleased to have celebrated so many birthdays. "I'm glad I'm still here. I'm glad I'm not in a rest home. Glad I can read books and watch TV and have people come by and say hello."

Well, all that and drink her three daily Dr. Peppers.

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