HBO’s André The Giant documentary is a poignant and moving tribute to a man whose physical size was matched by his spirit and generosity. This clip, however, is just two minutes of people being completely in awe of the man’s singular ability to drink an inhuman amount of alcohol and get extremely fucked up.
According to the people interviewed in the clip (and many places elsewhere), André The Giant had a talent for boozing that would make Wade Boggs look like a freshman with a bad fake ID. Seemingly everyone has an André The Giant drinking story, and somehow everyone’s André The Giant drinking story is uniquely insane.
One person says André would start each night with a case of wine. Another that he would drink 7,000 calories in alcohol. Jerry “The King” Lawler claims that the minimum André would ever drink is 24 beers. Ric Flair says he once personally witnessed André drink 106 beers in a single sitting. André’s personal nightly alcohol intake was enough to throw a decent-sized party.
All of these stories seem absolutely impossible, until you remember that the man was 7'4" and weighed more than 500 pounds. At that point they are rendered merely absolutely fucking insane. But as Hulk Hogan points out, the real issue wasn’t André’s drinking, but when he was finished drinking. What do you do with André the Giant when he’s passed out drunk? You leave him exactly where he is until he wakes up.