Andre The Giant, The Greatest Drunkard Ever?

Modern Drunkard Magazine seems to think so:

While it can be argued that a miniscule handful of professional wrestlers matched Andre’s in-ring achievements (Gorgeous George back in the ‘40s and ‘50s, perhaps; Dusty Rhodes in the ‘70s, and Hulk Hogan, without a doubt, in the ‘80s), no other wrestler ever matched his exploits as a drunkard. In fact, no other human has ever matched Andre as a drinker. He is the zenith. He is the Mount Everest of inebriation.
As far as great drunkards go, there is Andre the Giant, and then there is everyone else.

The big man loved two things: wrestling and booze—mostly booze—and his appetites were of mythic proportion.

First, consider the number 7,000. It’s an important number, and a rather scary one considering its context, which is this—it has been estimated that Andre the Giant drank 7,000 calories worth of booze every day. The figure doesn’t include food. Just booze.

You won’t find it in the Guinness Book of World Records, but 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.


  1. Later in life, Andre had back problems and needed back surgery. The biggest problem was anesthetic, since he was off the charts for dosage, based on his demonstrated drinking tolerance. It was trickey, because on one hand, they didn’t want to kill him with anesthetic, and on the other hand, they didn’t want him waking up in the middle of the surgery. Reportedly, it worked out in the end.

  2. I’m only 6’3 and only weight 230 pounds but my friends sit open mouthed when I put down 3 Zinger tower meals at KFC so add another foot and inch on to me and the excercise a wrestler does, it isn’t so suprising he could consume 7,000 calories worth of beer a day. I’d have said perhaps 16,000 overall, so what’s that, about 8 KFC Bargain Buckets, every day!!!!!

    He was something else, I’m fat and I’m fairly tall and I managed to eat 1 bargain bucket and was stuffed to high heaven so imagine eating 8 times that, every day.

    Anyone think I’m way off in my estimates for his calories.

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