Andre the Giant’s drinking exploits are still beyond human comprehension

Andre the Giant was an international treasure, not just for his epic battles with Hulk Hogan in the ring, but for his exploits outside the ropes. Chief among those exploits: Drinking unfathomable amounts of alcohol.

In fact, it may not be an exaggeration to say The Eighth Wonder of the World had the highest tolerance for alcohol of any man in history. Just think about it. The primary factor in alcohol metabolism is a person’s size.

Andre the Giant
An iconic picture of Andre holding a beer. (Source/Atlas Obscura).

And at 7’4’’ and well over 500 pounds, only a handful of men in history could even approach a similar tolerance from a pure size standpoint. And as a native Frenchman and lifelong heavy drinker, few in the aforementioned group would have imbibed as frequently as the Giant.

Anyway, here are a collection of Andre the Boozehound’s drinking anecdotes.

1. Pounding six bottles of wine before a match:



“There are a lot of crazy stories about Andre that sound fake but most are true, especially his drinking. Andre used to ask me to get him six bottles of Mateus wine and ice them down. He would drink those before we went to the ring and no one could tell.”

– Gerald Brisco

2. Cleaning out a plane’s supply of vodka:

(Source/Mid Atlantic Gateway).
(Source/Mid Atlantic Gateway).


Here’s Ric Flair:

“I’ve been on a plane, on a 747 with him [Andre] going to Tokyo out of Chicago, on No. 4 on Northwest. We drank every bottle of vodka on the plane.”

3. Two cases of beer, one car, one hour:

“One night in Sarasota, Andre is traveling with us. So we pull over and get two cases of tall boys. By the time we get from Sarasota to the Tahitian Inn on Dale Mabry, the two cases were bone dry.”

– Gerald Brisco

4. Boozy bus ride:

Hulk Hogan

“I went down to this little karaoke bar right down the street from the hotel and I bought a case of Pouilly-Fuissé wine — 12 bottles of this very powerful, powerful, strong white French wine…. All of a sudden we left the hotel about 8 in the morning for an eight hour bus ride. About three hours later he shakes the seat. He says, ‘Boss. Bossss. I need pit stop.’ Three hours on a bus he drank 12 bottles of wine.”

– Hulk Hogan

5. Pre-gaming pre-boarding:

“I get a call. ‘Hey boss I’m at the Tampa airport. I’ve got a one-hour layover.’ I was like okay, it’s fifteen minutes or so from my mom’s house. So I drive over the airport and I met him at the Delta Crown Lounge. By the time we sat down we had about 45 minutes before he had to walk to the next gate. He drank 108 12-ounce beers.”

– Hulk Hogan

"Andre never met a bartender he didn't like (Source/Daily Telegraph).
“Andre never met a bartender he didn’t like.” (Source/Daily Telegraph).

A final note of beer-soaked absurdity: Andre the Giant’s unofficial record in one sitting is 156 beers. Multiple sources, including Dusty Rhodes, have confirmed the number. If you’re keeping score at home, that’s nearly 2,000 ounces of brew.

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