If there were competitions among politicians-alcoholics, Yeltsin would have received more awards than Michael Phelps in swimming ...
The resignation of Japan's finance minister, Shioti Nakagawa, who recently appeared drunk at the G-7 meeting, once again proved that alcohol threatens politicians with many troubles. This, however, does not prevent those in power from loving alcohol.
The Times' observer has compiled a list of the most famous drinkers from the world of politics.
For example, the British foreign minister of the sixties George Brown became famous for his drunken antics. If you believe the rumors, then one day during an official reception in Peru, Brown invited a certain person to dance in purple. The answer was: “No, first, you are drunk. Secondly, this is not a waltz, but the national anthem of Peru. And thirdly, I am not a woman, but the Archbishop of Lima. ” Later, the drunk minister yelled at Prime Minister Harold Wilson and soon resigned.
In any case, the Briton is far from the Russian President Boris Yeltsin.If there were competitions among politicians-alcoholics, then Yeltsin would have received more awards than Michael Phelps was in swimming, the list author laughs. The Russian leader was once so drunk that he could not get out of the plane during his visit to Ireland, another time, leaving the plane, Yeltsin turned away from the official delegation meeting him and urinated on the wheel, and once in Kemerovo after another drunk the president stopped the motorcade near the river, stripped to his underpants and jumped into the water.
Winston Churchill behaved much more restrained, but also did not shy away from alcohol. Before being sent to the Boer War, he took with him 18 bottles of scotch, 36 bottles of wine and 6 bottles of brandy. In his entire political career, he did not give up alcohol, although he had a strict rule: no strong alcohol before breakfast. At the end of his life, he remarked: "I got more from alcohol than he did from me."
Being addicted to drinking was not the worst trait of US President Richard Nixon, although it was troublesome for the staff of his administration. Brent Scowcroft, his assistant, recalls that in the midst of the 1973 Arab-Israeli war on an urgent night call Nixon drunk in the insole replied: “Can we say no to them?”
If in the whole world there is a struggle with drunk drivers, then in Australia they are thinking about testing for alcohol for politicians. This proposal is not without reason: Prime Minister Kevin Rudd in 2007 lit up in a New York striptease bar, and his predecessor John Howard admitted that he spoke to parliament after drinking "a couple of bottles of South Australian red."
The British prime minister of the last century, Herbert Henry Asquith, did have the nickname “Under the Fly,” because he drank regularly and throughout most of his life. They said that he tried to overcome the addiction by diluting the brandy.
The youngest member of the British parliament and the former head of the Liberal Democrats, Charles Kennedy, was once able to get an apology from the Air Force for asking about his alcoholism. But after the parliamentarian was forced to admit that he was being treated for dependence, his political career ended.

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