They’re famed for their turbo-charged drinking, but how on earth do the cast put away over 200 bottles a WEEK?
With each series of Geordie Shore, you can be sure of a few things: a flurry of tashings-on, screaming matches and hours of footage you definitely wouldn’t put on when your nan’s round.
This, and the cast getting absolutely mortal on more than one occasion. But it turns out the cast get through enough alcohol to sink a flotilla of party boats.
Chloe Ferry – she who’s been known to mistake her shoe for a phone on drunken nights out – has admitted the cast ‘drink anything that’s handed to [them]’ during filming. And she’s literally not lying.
Over the course of six weeks of filming Geordie Shore, the cast put away around 1,300 bottles of booze between eight of them, including wine, Prosecco, tequila, vodka and rum, which get delivered at the start of each series.
‘The girls love a glass of wine,’ admits Chloe. ‘I get told to stop drinking by producers. I can’t handle my drink and I get drunk easily. The boys can handle a lot.’
‘Before we leave the house on a normal night we’ll get through a bottle of vodka,’ adds her co-star Aaron Chalmers. ‘When we get to the club we’ll have five more bottles, easily. We get through hundreds of bottles of vodka alone every series. It adds up to thousands of units.’
Yes, Aaron, it does – around 24,200 units, according to our calculations*.
That equates to 3,666 units per week, 523 per day and a huge 65 units per person on Geordie Shore. Considering a glass of wine is over two units, that’s a colossal amount of booze. In fact it works out as six bottles of wine each, or two bottles of spirits. PER PERSON. PER NIGHT. The UK’s Chief Medical Officer recommends drinking no more than 14 units a week.
Chloe admits it’s a struggle and sleeps for a week after filming. ‘People don’t realise how hard it is to film Geordie Shore. We go out every night and we still have to get up the next morning to do filming. It’s tough,’ she says.
‘We feel hungover every day,’ adds Aaron. Bet you do, mate.
Elaine Hindal, Chief Executive at Drinkaware, said: ‘The UK Chief Medical Officers’ guideline for both men and women states that in order to keep health risks from alcohol to a low level it is safest not to be drinking more than 14 units a week on a regular basis. Our website Drinkaware has a Drinking Self Assessment for people who want to understand more about the impact of their drinking.’
HOW MUCH WE ESTIMATE EACH CAST MATE DRINKS OVER SIX WEEKS*
- 65 units per person per day (6 ½ bottles of wine, just over two bottles of spirits)
- 455 units per person per week
- 2730 units over the series
*How we calculated it: 1,300 bottles (800 wine/prosecco at 10 units each + 500 spirits at 28 units each); 22,000 units consumed over the series altogether in total between eight cast