Ex-PM Bob Hawke Pounds a Beer at Cricket Stadium (Video)
Former Prime Minister Bob Hawke Sculls a Beer at Sydney Cricket Ground
As Bob Hawke, former Prime Minister of Australia, made his way through the crowd at Sydney Cricket Grounds on January 4, 2012, someone in the crowd handed him a beer.
Without hesitation, Bob Hawke downed the beer in one as the fans yell, "one for the country!"
One thing to note: before his career in politics, Bob Hawke set a world speed-drinking record in the early 1950's: he sculled a yard (2 1/2 pints) of beer in eleven seconds.
Now 82, Bob Hawke has slowed down just a bit. It took him eleven seconds to skull just the one beer. That's okay, though, as Australia is trying to move away from its binge-drinking image.
Triple M questioned the logic in downing a stadium-priced beer so quickly, but the rest of the cricket fans seemed elated, and the Australia-vs-India test match seemed that much more exciting.
While also a Rhodes scholar (he set his record in Oxford, don't you know), Bob Hawke's beer-drinking prowess endeared him to Australia's voters, and he credits his world record with helping him become Prime Minister in 1983.
Check out the Bob Hawke beer-sculling video below and ask yourself: would any of your former heads of state do that?
By the way, I read somewhere that the unofficial world record for most beers consumed in a single sitting (119 12-ounce beers in six hours) is held by none other than Andre the Giant.