If there was any doubt as to the legendary nature of Australia as a nation of drinkers, then consider the following two stories that I pulled up on the net again while talking to Jordan today following receiving a topical email from my mate Chubba:
1. David Boon – “Champion International Cricketer and Human Keg”
Here’s a test. Ask a sports fan “why is David Boon famous?” The odds are more people will tell you about his drinking than his batting. His average was OK -about 40- but he got a half-century even before he got to England in 1989, when he sank 50 cans during the flight. This was the all time record when it was normal for the Australian team to roll off the aircraft in a near paralytic state. On one occasion Rod Marsh needed a wheelchair.
2. Bob Hawke – “Former Australian Prime Minister and Certified Larrikin”
Australia is known for it’s beer drinking, and its most famous drinking record was set by the legendary ex-Australian Prime Minister Robert (Bob) Hawke in 1955. He drank 2.5 pints of beer in 11 seconds at University College, Oxford.