French cinema titan Gerard Depardieu, who also happens to be a famous bon vivant, admits that on some days he gulps down 14 wine bottles!
The actor had a heart bypass operation nearly 14 years ago. He got into a motorcycle crash while driving over the limit, too. But, that has not changed his love for drinking.
The Frenchman, aged 65 years, even has his own vineyard in the region of Medoc.
In an interview with the So Film magazine, the actor said that he could not drink like others. For him, drinking means consuming 12, 13, or 14 bottles in a day!
Michel Lejoyeux, a mental health professor of French, however, condemned the behavior of the actor.
According to him, the appreciation shown by the media toward the actor’s rampant drinking habit is not very socially acceptable, nor is the overall French attitude associated with drinking. Consuming 14 wine bottles per day is just beyond the threshold in every way. Such things make non-drinkers feel guilty!
‘In the morning, it starts at home with champagne or red wine before 10am, then again champagne.’
Gerard said he breaks up the wine intake with a little aniseed liqueur pastis.
He added: ‘Then food, accompanied by two bottles of wine.
‘In the afternoon, champagne, beer and more pastis at around 5pm, to finish off the bottle.
‘Later on, vodka and/or whisky. But I’m never totally drunk.
‘All you need is a 10-minute nap and voila, a slurp of rose wine and I feel as fresh as a daisy.
‘Anyway, I’m not going to die. Not now. I still have energy.’
However, his behaviour was condemned by French mental health expert Professor Michel Lejoyeux, who blasted French attitudes to the heavy consumption of alcohol, and the media’s admiration of his alcohol intake.
He said: ‘We smile about heavy users, calling them “bon vivants”, while non-consumption is not allowed. In society, it is the one who does not drink who will feel guilty.
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