The Andre the Giant Lifestyle January 11, 2007Posted by skinbad in Food, Sports.
“It’s not my fault being the biggest and the strongest. I don’t even exercise.”
Modern Drunkard Magazine highlights the alcohol consumption of the late Andre the Giant. Kind of a fun read in a statistically jaw-dropping manner. They estimate he consumed 7,000 calories per day in alcohol. Alone. Not counting food. He once was awarded a case of wine after a wrestling match in Japan. He had a four-hour drive to his next gig and polished off the last of the 16 bottles as he arrived.
The author doesn’t back this up, but he claims French doctors who were to operate on Andre’s back devised a method for determining how much anesthesia to administer to someone based on the person’s tolerance for alcohol. They asked Andre what it took to get him drunk and he couldn’t answer. He told them it took two liters of vodka “just to make him feel warm inside.”
The author believes his greatest drinking feat was this one:
. . . Andre the Giant holds the world record for the largest number of beers consumed in a single sitting. These were standard 12-ounce bottles of beer, nothing fancy, but during a six-hour period Andre drank 119 of them. It was one of the few times Andre got drunk enough to pass out, which he did in a hallway at his hotel. His companions, quite drunk themselves, couldn’t move the big man. Fearing trouble with cops, they stole a piano cover from the lounge and draped it over Andre’s inert form. He slept peacefully until morning, unmolested by anyone. Perhaps the hotel people thought he was a piece of furniture.
Think about it: 119 beers in six hours. That’s a beer every three minutes, non stop. That’s beyond epic. It’s beyond the ken of mortal men. It’s god-like.
Made me wonder if he carried a 5-gallon bucket around as well.
I think there’s a sad edge to the story, though. It’s been said, and I believe, that many people use alcohol and drugs to excess because they are basically self medicating. They have a lot of physical and/or emotional pain and they can cope with life better if they have a continuous buzz on. He suffered a lot from joint and back pain. He died of heart failure at age 47 in 1993. RIP, Andre.
Hat Tip to my bro. the Gman.