Could Gerard Depardieu Really be Drinking 14 Bottles of Wine a Day?

By Gerald Lynch on at

Gerard Depardieu is a notorious Hollywood hellraiser, but his latest boasts about his debauched lifestyle seem a little far fetched. Can anyone, even a seasoned drinker like him, really tuck away 14 bottles of wine a day without keeling over?

Speaking to So Film, Depardieu revealed that his drinking begins at 10am with champagne and red wine, rolling into the afternoon with more champagne, beer, pastis and spirits including vodka and whiskey. In total, he reckons he gets through 14 bottles of wine on average each day amongst other drinks. "When I’m bored, I drink. Apart from compulsory moments of abstinence," he claims.

Now, your average 750ml bottle of red wine, if at the average 13.5 per cent proof, contains ten units of alcohol alone. Men are recommended to have no more that a daily allowance of three to four units. If Depardieu is being honest about his consumption, he'd be knocking back 140 units a day.

And yet he claims "I'm never totally drunk, just a little pissed." Apparently, a 10-minute nap and a rose chaser is all he needs before he feels "fresh as a daisy" once more.

I'm calling bullshit. In fact, I'm calling it physically impossible -- drinking that much would leave even the most sturdy of drinkers sloshed, and sustaining it day in, day out would send you to the grave far earlier than the one Depardieu is heading for.

But what do you think? Am I wrong? Could it be done without leaving you a slobbering mess? Is a stomach lining of bacon sandwiches and a kebab to sponge it all up with at the end all you need to survive Depardieu's insane drinking regimen? [Mirror]

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