Top 10 spirit world records

29th April, 2013 by Chris Cox

In 1991, fearing litigation and in order not to encourage people to put their health at risk, the Guinness Book of World Records removed all ‘feats’ relating to alcohol consumption.

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The Guinness World Records is full of weird and wonderful spirit-related achievements

With more and more people vying to beat ridiculous records such as “Highest Documented Blood Alcohol Level” and “Youngest Death from Alcohol Poisoning” – both of which appeared in the 1979 edition of the book – it’s not difficult to see why.

Another outrageous record previously included was “Most Alcoholic Person,” held by a man named Vanhorn (1850 – 1911), who drank four bottles of Ruby Port every day for 23 years (a staggering total of 35,688 bottles in his life). These records have, understandably, since been removed.

But don’t fret. The Guinness Book of World Records is still crammed full of feats involving spirits. From records set by barmen for the most cocktails created in a specific time-period to the world’s largest spirit tasting event and the most prolific mice-killing machines, these records are a mixture of impressive and amusing.

Here’s a countdown of our top 10 favourites.

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