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Amazing Stories About Andre The Giant's Ability to Consume Alcohol En Masse

You may be asking yourself, who is the greatest drinker of all time? We're here to tell you that it is Andre the Giant.

Sure, the world has seen some legendary drinkers. Hemingway comes to mind. Same with Bukowski, Churchill, and Hunter S. Thompson. Andre the Giant bests them all. Even the almighty Wade Anthony Boggs looks like a minor leaguer against Andre, and ol' Tampa Wade could out-drink a thirsty camel.

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Andre the Giant's biography cover, "... the burning questions, outrageous stories and common misconceptions about his height, his weight, his drawing power as a superstar, and his seemingly unparalleled capacity for food and alcohol."

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How many beers did Andre consume in one sitting?

According to accounts on the matter, Andre the Giant could consume 119 beers in one sitting. Then again, some accounts claim 156 beers.

In short, Andre is his own small party. If this were a football tailgate, somewhere between 15-30 college coeds would be highly intoxicated. Comprehend this, if it were dollar draft night, Andre the Giant would need between $119-156 dollars to settle up his bar tab, depending on who you believe.

That is outstanding. Furthermore, just how fast does one have to drink to consume that much beer?

Andre holding a beer can

It needs to be seen to be believe. He's fully palming a beer can in the photo below.

Andre the Giant's massive hands around a can of beer
Andre's hands were silly big. | Photo Credit to Sports Illustrated

Quotes from Andre the Giant Drinking Stories

Over the years, various interviews have been conducted with former professional wrestlers, TV hosts, actors, directors, and a whole host of other folks who knew Andre and the quotes are second to none. High profile media outlets including CBS, HBO and Vanity Fair have captured amazing footage.

Late Night hosts like David Letterman have collected stupendous soundbites. Former colleagues like Mike Graham (wrestler) and Princess Bride Co-Star, Cary Elwes, have compared drinking with Andre to gassing down a concoction of "Airplane Fuel" and actually raising the overall beer consumption total to the mid-150s in the case of Graham.

Here's a few quotes that we love:

Andre the Giant Drinking Facts

Who was Andre the Giant?

For those of you born after 1993 (when he died), Andre the Giant was a man of many talents, drinking being one of them. He was dubbed, "The Eighth Wonder of the World", which made sense because he was 7 feet tall and 500+ pounds. He was a superstar of the American Pro Wrestling scene. He was a Hollywood actor. He was a man with killer mutton chop sideburns, chops that may have only been bested by martial artist and actor, Jim Kelly (Williams in Enter the Dragon).

Andre was born André René Roussimoff in Coulommiers, Seine-et-Marne, France in 1946. Suffering from a then undiagnosed case of acromegaly (gigantism), Andre was already 6 feet tall by the time he was 12 years of age.