Top 5 Drunkest US Presidents. In this list you will find the drunkest presidents ever. Obviously given the high profile that presidents like Obama and Bush have/had they are no modern day presidents in the list… The media would catch them in a heartbeat.
5. Ulysses S. Grant (1869-1877)
Grant has the biggest drinking reputation of any U.S. president. Some reports said that, during Civil War battles, he'd just sit there, drinking, all day long. When he was on his death bed he passed out and a doctor was able to revive him and give him a couple of extra minutes of life… By giving him brandy!
4. James Buchanan (1857-1861)
Buchanan, basically, centered his presidential life around drinking. Every Sunday he would go to a distillery to pick up a 10 GALLON jug of whiskey. He'd drink cognac and up to two BOTTLES of other alcohol every night. And, by all reports, he could really handle his liquor. A reporter wrote "There was no headache, no faltering steps, no flushed cheek. All was as cool, calm and cautious and watchful as in the beginning."
3. Franklin Pierce (1853-1857)
Franklin Pierce might have been America's MOST alcoholic president. He drank hard for his entire adult life and kept going right on through his presidency. When the Democratic party decided not to re-nominate Pierce after his first term in office, he told reporters, "There's nothing left but to get drunk…"
2. Martin van Buren (1837-1841)
Martin van Buren used to drink so much that, apparently, he developed an Andre the Giant-esque tolerance. He could drink for days and not show any signs of being intoxicated, so his friends gave him the nickname "Blue Whiskey Van." In the 1840 Presidential Election, William Henry Harrison's campaign painted Van Buren as an alcoholic, which contributed to Van Buren losing the election.
1. John Adams (1797-1801)
John Adams could really tear it up. When he got into Harvard at age 15, he was regularly drinking beer for breakfast. He was afraid he would get sick if he didn't drink. In addition to his drunkenness, he started smoking at age EIGHT and kept going until he died. At age 90! He must have been eating a lot of berries and stuff along with all the drinking and smoking…