Top 10 drinking myths, legends and ancient rituals

André the Giant

André René Roussimoff, known as Andre the Giant, was a 7ft 4 professional wrestler and actor who was born in May 1946 and died in January 1993 at the age of 46 from congestive heart failure. His size was caused by a rare form of gigantism, which led to him becoming a renowned wrestler, and land a role in The Princess Bride as Fezzik the giant.

But it was his drinking prowess, rather than his size, that left many in awe. During his career as a wrestler, fellow wrestler Hulk Hogan, with whom he famously feuded, claimed he once drank 102 beers in 45 minutes.

Princess Bride co-star Cary Elwes once claimed that the wrestler  would routinely mix a variety of liquors into a 1.2-liter pitcher, drinking several in one sitting. Another wrestler, Mike Graham has said he once saw André down 156 beers in one session, which would have been a world record.

Unconfirmed reports claim that Andre drank 7,000 calories worth of booze every day.

There is only one reported instance of Andre passing out from drinking too much in a hotel hallway. His wrestling buddies reported that because Andre was so big and heavy (520lbs / 37 stone) that neither they, nor the hotel staff were able to move him. Instead, they apparently draped a piano cover over him and let him sleep it off.

Sadly there is no official documentation of André’s drinking feats, which would have almost certainly seen him gain a place in the Guinness Book of World Records.

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