Drinking too much is a recipe for a hangover. But for these fine folks, it was a way of life. Somehow, with bottles in hand, they managed to change the world.10. Buzz Aldrin
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He's the man on the $50 bill, the United States' 18th president, and he tops the list as the "biggest drinker of any U.S. president." Ulysses S. Grant is an impressive man. Before becoming President, he led the Union Army to victory as lieutenant general. Later, as president, he shepherded the United States through the Reconstruction Era. He did it all with a drink in his hand
, or at the very least close by.
Grant was driven to "binge drinking" during an early stint in the army. By 1854 his "alcohol consumption so alarmed his superiors that he was asked to resign from the Army." Grant's road to redemption came with the Civil War. He re-enlisted in the army and ended up leading it to victory. It is said that during the war he would sit back and drink whiskey. When Abraham Lincoln was told to sack Grant because of his drinking, Lincoln responded by asking what brand of whiskey Grant drank so that he could send a barrel of it to every other general. Grant's choice of liquor was Old Crow Bourbon Whiskey. Grant continued to drink throughout his presidency.