As it turns out, a lot.
This question had been troubling me a lot. So I did what any self-respecting engineer would do. Google to see if anyone has already answered the question. As it turns out, about a year ago, someone on reddit had the same question but still no satisfactory answers.
I then took matters into my own excel sheet and binge-watched all 9 seasons of How I Met Your Mother to find out how much did they really drink. Here are some of the results from that expedition.
– A single unit represents a pint of beer, a glass of wine and a drink of scotch/whiskey. Everything else is approximated(Bottles, shots etc.).
– Drinks counted are their usuals – Beer, Wine, Whiskey and Others(this can include Martinis, Cocktails, Champagne, Tequila Shots etc.).
– Imaginary or dream sequences are not considered.
HIMYM ran from 2005 to 2014 while as per the shows timeline most of the action happens between 2005 and 2013.
Robin’s poison of choice on the show is usually whiskey(she drinks around 152 glasses) but she also drinks quite a few pints of beer.
They stop hanging out in the Maclaren’s as the show progresses into Season 8 and 9 and Lily gets pregnant as well. So the show gets more and more sober as it progresses into the horrible, horrible season finale(second only to the season finale of U.S. Elections 2016). That kinda explains it.
I’ve always wondered if the folks on HIMYM suffer from alcoholism. As per the NIH drinking levels, if you average the number of drinks they’ve had across 9-10 years, it’d appear that they are not alcoholics. However they do come very close to binge drinking on one too many occasions throughout the show. So if the showrunners really had to kill someone, instead of finishing off the mother with a mysterious illness, they could have offed one of these five easily. Their livers would agree.
So, there’s that. If anyone’s interested(as-if), here’s the excel sheet that has the season-episode wise data – LINK.
Coming up next: How many beers does Norm drink in Cheers?20