The Repercussions of Gerard Depardieu's 12 Bottles of Wine a Day

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French-born actor Gerard Depardieu must have a hollow leg — or one seriously scarred liver. After undergoing bypass surgery (five times), and also because of cholesterol and stuff, I have to be careful.” Related: As Pot Smoking Rises, So Do Addiction Concerns Depardieu, who is currently starring in “Welcome to New York,” based on the Dominic Strauss-Khan scandal, added that drinking a case of wine in one day doesn’t even slow him down. “I have to admit that when I start counting, doctors start worrying.” That’s not exactly a surprise, according to Dr. James Garbutt, professor of psychiatry and a research scientist at University of North Carolina’s Bowles Center for Alcohol Studies. Related: The Truth About Binge Eating While consuming that amount of alcohol is unusual, Garbutt added, “It’s probably possible,” although, he added, “people exaggerate.” Dr. George Koob, director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), surmised (and hoped) that Depardieu meant to say “glasses” instead of “bottles.” The actor’s 12-to-14-bottle claim is “far beyond what any of our clinicians have ever seen,” he said, adding that while the total is “remotely possible,” one would be “pushing the envelope to oblivion when you get to this range.”  According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the recommended limit for men is two drinks per day;

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