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Man downs pint of Guinness in 3.9 seconds, says he can go faster

Mar 21, 2001 - A British beer drinker who broke the listed world record for drinking a pint of Guinness by knocking one back in 3.9 seconds says he has done it before in 1.5 seconds.


Paul Behan, 23, from Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire, broke the record on a morning radio show -- after he already drunk two pints of Guinness before the 8:30 a.m. program to calm his nerves.

"I was so nervous I needed a couple of pints," he said. "I'm not a big drinker. I used to play rugby for Saracens before they became professional and maybe I picked it up there."

Behan suggested it could have "drinking blood" -- he is related to legendary Irish hell raiser and and writer Brendan Behan. "My dad's family comes from Ireland and when I was growing up I used to spend a lot of time fishing there," he said. "I probably had my first pint when I was relatively young."

Behan contacted the Virgin Radio Breakfast Show team when he heard that they were planning to broadcast from the Guinness Brewery in Dublin as a St. Patrick's Day special. He boasted that he could set a world record in downing a pint of Guinness in the fastest time ever, and radio personaltiy Chris Evans took him up on the challenge.

An official Guinness World Record Adjudicator was on hand to ensure all rules were adhered to and on a Friday morning while most people were in bed he downed the pint. Guinness has offered Paul lifelong membership, which means as much free Guinness as he can drink whenever he visits the Dublin brewery.

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