The 23rd prime minister of Australia has been forever immortalized by holding a Guinness Book of Records for being able to drink 2.5 pints of beer in only 11 seconds. Bob Hawke was the leader of the Labor Party from 1983 to 1991 and is to this date the longest-serving labor Party Prime Minister.
Born in South Australia he is one of the most electorally successful politicians ever, helping the Australian Labor Party achieve numerous landslide victories. Notably, he garnered huge support by creating Medicare and Landcare, and also deregulated the financial industry. His approach for putting the working man first definitely helped him be elected again multiple times, he was seen as the people’s prime minister.
Or was it his love of drinking beer on live television? Even at the age of 88 years old, Bob Hawke has been filmed downing whole pints while attending his favorite team’s cricket game. And if you look into his past, well there is more to suggest he is a drinking legend. In 1954, well attending the University College he smashed a Guinness book of world records by downing two and a half pints of beer in a mere eleven seconds.
But this is not the only record he is currently holding, in fact, he is the oldest living former Australian Prime Minister. Also, he is the only prime minister ever elected who was born in South Australia and educated in Western Australia.
Of course, all this drinking is not always a good thing, Hawke has had numerous documented alcohol-related problems during his life. Most severely when he suffered from alcohol poisoning after his infant son died. One of the reasons his first wife Hazel quoted for leaving him was due to his heavy drinking. However, Hawke has always claimed to not have any regrets during his time in office, following his dreams and visions for the future of Australia.