The 7-11 Double Big Gulp Holds 200% More Than the Average Adult Human’s Stomach

Daven Hiskey 72
7-11 Big Gulp ProgressionToday I found out that the 7-11 Double Big Gulp holds about twice the amount of fluid than the average adult human’s stomach.

The average adult human’s stomach can hold comfortably about 32 ounces at any given time (edit: excepting we Americans who, judging from the comments, apparently can hold about 138 times that amount despite science’s official averages).  The Double Big Gulp holds about 64 ounces of soda or Slurpee.

Now, your stomach can process liquids at about a rate of 200-400 ml an hour according to research done by Shils et al. in 1994.   The rate mostly depends on what else is in your stomach at the time of digestion.  Generally speaking, an empty stomach will digest the liquid fastest.  This means that if you want to actually drink the entire double big gulp without needing to vomit or otherwise stretch your stomach to extremes it’s not meant to handle, the absolute quickest you could do it, assuming starting on a completely empty stomach and not lucky enough to be an American with our lifetime of practice stretching our stomachs to extremes, will be approximately 4.73 hours.  So unless you like your soda or Slurpee warm and fizz-less in the former case, probably best to stay away from the Double Big Gulp.  It just really isn’t going to work out for you in terms of being able to drink it all while it’s still tasty.

Next down we have the “Super Big Gulp” generally coming in at 44 oz or approximately 138% the size your stomach is comfortable expanding to.  Here, the best case scenario is that you could drink it comfortably in about 3.25 hours,  which is still not going to really work out for you unless you like your drinks warm and possibly fizz-less.

Now at the 32 ounce size we have two options:  the classic Big Gulp or my personal favorite the “Extreme Gulp”.  This is the perfect sized drink.  It is exactly the same size as the average adult stomach is capable of comfortably expanding to.  This means, on an empty stomach, you can chug it all down and not worry about the fact that it will take your stomach about 2.36 hours to actually process it all.  And if you happen to be American and put ice in your soda unlike most of the rest of the world, then you’ll have extra room for tasty nachos to go with your gigantic soda and stomach.  Sugar rushes for everyone!!!

Best of all, say you don’t want to chug it all down at once (for some odd reason).  If you like ice in your drink like us Americans, the Extreme Gulp is capable of keeping the ice frozen in your drink for about 6 hours or so, give or take depending on outside temperature.  Literally this thing is like a mini-cooler (and is kind of the size of one, truth to tell).  So your drink stays un-watered down and icy cold for plenty of time to comfortably drink your tasty beverage, even if you happen to want to eat something and use a little room in your stomach for non-beverage purposes.

Note:  a newborn baby’s stomach can only handle about 1 oz of fluids.  So, until 7-11 comes out with a “Baby Gulp”, probably avoid getting them their own Big Gulp until they man-up a bit.

If you liked this article and the Bonus Facts below, you might also enjoy:

Just for fun, here are some bonus 7-11 Facts

  • 7-11 is the largest chain store with more than 36,842 outlets operating around the world, surpassing the previous record-holder McDonald’s Corporation in 2007 by approximately 1,000 retail stores.

  • 7-Eleven pioneered the convenience store concept way back in 1927 at the Southland Ice Company in Dallas, Texas.  Joe C. Thompson, the manager of the plant, started selling milk, eggs, and bread from an ice dock on Sundays and evenings when the grocery stores were closed.   He eventually bought the Southland Ice Company and turned it into the Southland Corporation, thus opening the first ever “convenience” store.
  • The company’s first convenience outlets were known as Tote’m stores since customers “toted” away their purchases; some even sported genuine Alaskan totem poles in the front of the stores. In 1946, Tote’m became 7-Eleven to reflect the stores’ new, extended hours – 7 a.m. until 11 p.m., seven days a week, which was pretty unheard of back then.
  • 7-Eleven stores sell almost 26 million gallons of fountain drinks a year.
  • 7-Eleven stores sell about 41 million gallons of milk each year.
  • In anticipation of the July 2007 release of The Simpsons Movie, 7-Eleven turned 12 of its North American stores into Kwik-E-Mart, including stocking and selling a variety of their products under various Kwik-E-Mart band names.
  • 7-Eleven was the first c-store retailer to give customers “freedom of choice” by offering all major soft drink brands at the fountain.
  • 7-Eleven was the first retailer to offer fresh-brewed coffee in to-go cups, introducing it in their Northeast stores in 1964.
  • 7-Eleven aired the first television advertising by any convenience store; the animated commercial featuring a singing owl and rooster ran in 1949.
  • Japan has more 7-Eleven locations than anywhere else in the world (incidentally as of 1991 a Japanese company bought the controlling interest in 7-11) ,  Of the 36,000-ish stores around the globe, 12,349 of them are located in Japan with 1,577 in Tokyo alone.
  • There are 1,750 7-Eleven stores in Korea, with only the United States, Japan, Taiwan and Thailand hosting more stores. Korean stores no longer carry branded products such as Slurpee or Big Gulp.

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72 Comments »

  1. Zirene February 1, 2010 at 1:30 am - Reply

    The title should be 100% more instead of 200% more. The word “more” implies it goes beyond the limit to begin with and 200% more would mean it holds 3 times the amount as opposed to 100% “More” would mean twice as much.

  2. Vitero February 1, 2010 at 1:41 am - Reply

    Argh, if this were Wikipedia, I could jump in and fix the spelling errors.

    On the other hand, if this were Wikipedia, it would say “Religious pseudo-scientists believe the Double Big Gulp holds 200% more than the average adult human’s stomach, but this is disputed by college professors and rocket scientists because…”

  3. Dolores February 1, 2010 at 2:04 am - Reply

    None of these cures my thirst

  4. dude February 1, 2010 at 2:50 am - Reply

    you can’t drink the ice, so I’d say the thing is about normal sized…

  5. Daven Hiskey
    Daven February 1, 2010 at 2:50 am - Reply

    @Zirene: Good point, but too late to fix now due to not wanting to mess with the whole permalink thing. That will teach me to write these things at 3am :-)

    @Vitero: Spelling errors? According to my spell checker, there are no spelling errors. Now Grammar errors… I pride myself on my grammar errors. If I don’t get at least 27 Grammar Nazi comments on each post, I feel I have failed somehow… Let me know where the spelling errors are and I will fix them and then take my spell checker out back and give it the beating it deserves. :-)

  6. JustAGuy February 1, 2010 at 3:40 am - Reply

    It appears as if you’re assuming that you don’t pee while you’re drinking a Double Gulp. I drink one in a sitting fairly often, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t use the bathroom.

  7. TK February 1, 2010 at 4:33 am - Reply

    Mate, your math doesn’t work. This is because when you start with an empty stomach, you fill it up (cup 64oz – what fits comfortably to the tummy 32oz = 32oz left in the cup). Then your tummy starts digesting the liquid and thus the cup will be empty if you keep topping your stomach up every hour by 400ml in little bit less than 2 and a half hours. Your stomach will be full at this time.

    So, basically you calculated who much time is needed for you stomach from empty to empty which is not what you meant (at least what I understood from you writings).

  8. afcles February 2, 2010 at 10:16 am - Reply

    i dont think there are any 7 11s in uk wish there were

  9. Steve February 2, 2010 at 2:06 pm - Reply

    Two things:

    1. Can the US PLEASE use metric measurements. No one else in the world uses ounces to measure liquids. We *used* to in the UK, but we realised in the 60s that it was stupid.

    2. If you insist on using archaic measurements can you at least be consistent? In most places the article refers to ounces but when talking about the rate liquid can be processed at it uses millilitres.

  10. Multiwagon February 2, 2010 at 2:47 pm - Reply

    Lies, I have pounded a double big gulp full of slurpee in 30min before to win a bet. It wasn’t pleasant but it’s possible.

  11. skittles February 5, 2010 at 11:37 am - Reply

    I guess I’m a freak of nature, I can(and do so quite often) finish off a 64 oz in about an hour, and that’s with dinner…(i.e. non-empty stomach) and i don’t have to go pee at all before finishing it…

  12. Nick K February 5, 2010 at 12:26 pm - Reply

    Hey , its the UK that left us with the stupid system we use. Your empire our problem. Blame the UK!

  13. Brian February 5, 2010 at 12:53 pm - Reply

    Here’s a tip: go pee about halfway though.

  14. hawaiian punchman February 5, 2010 at 2:34 pm - Reply

    yeah this is bull shit. I finish the biggest gulp they have in 30 min- an hour, WHILE eating a chicken burrito. I do this 2-4 times a week. and I dont use the pisser for a few hours. SUPERIOR GENES!!!

  15. buddog February 6, 2010 at 6:03 pm - Reply

    Um… did you just make this up? Few things about your “research”
    1) A quick search on Google (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stomach) shows the the adult human stomach can expand to 2-3 liters of volume.
    2) Have you ever had a big gulp (64 oz)? It can EASILY be consumed in less than an hour by the average person. Not 3.25 hours as you state.
    3) My personal and extensive research in college shows that I can very easily consume a 6 pack of beer in less than one hour (1 beer in less than 10 minutes), which is 72oz… and that is all liquid, no ice in that.
    4)The important fact you seem to be missing is: liquids are not stored in the stomach. They are co-transported out (in the presence of sugar) through the stomach wall OR pass on to the intestines and are absorbed in the colon. Using the volume of the stomach as a gauge of how much you can drink is like using the volume of your garden hose to determine how much you can water your lawn.
    5) What the hell are you thinking?

    • Daven Hiskey
      Daven February 6, 2010 at 6:25 pm - Reply

      @buddgog: No

      1) Did you miss the part how on wikipedia where the reputable source (with medical citation) says 1 liter along with a bagillion other medical journals out there that say the same thing: “It normally expands to hold about 1 litre of food”. Sure you can go bigger than that, but it’s not healthy nor will feel too comfortable, as stated in this article.

      2) Yes I have had many and in fact was drinking one when I was trying to decide what to do an article on “today”. You aren’t factoring in ice nor the whole part where i said something your body can handle comfortably. Now granted, Americans have gotten used to over expanding their stomachs drastically, so there is that to consider. But medically, research has shown you can process liquids at the rate I stated and comfortably expand your stomach to about 1 liter. The math is simple after that.

      3) Not something that I would brag about

      4) Doesn’t matter, the number I was using in the calculation was the research done in the 1990s on how fast the body can handle liquids.

      5) Thinking it’s an interesting article and something fun to think about, but not to be taken too seriously as everybody’s stomach is different and rate of digestion; I’m just using established medical averages here. Judging from the roughly 50,000 hits to date this article has gotten since it was posted, I don’t think I’m the only one that finds these sorts of trivial number crunching interesting.

      But again, not to be taken too seriously as any time you are using averages over a sample-space of about 7 billion entities, particularly in this case with extreme diversification in intake they’ve accustomed their bodies to, you are going to get a huge number of the entities falling outside the predicted range using the medically established averages.

      • Eric March 28, 2013 at 2:31 am - Reply

        You put ice in your Double Gulp? Wimp.

  16. Eamon February 11, 2010 at 1:06 am - Reply

    Just thought I would add that im pretty sure its not just the americans that put ice in their drinks. Its pretty commonplace anywhere i have been..

  17. Bearfoot February 17, 2010 at 7:37 pm - Reply

    Interesting article, but I could do without the American bashing. We’re not all like that you know.

  18. esa February 21, 2010 at 4:05 am - Reply

    Wonder why in other countries, there are no such pig disgusting super-sized stuff.

  19. Corey March 4, 2010 at 2:39 pm - Reply

    I drink double gulps all the time and I am 6′, 200lbs, which is a pretty average size. I can finish one in around 45 minutes to an hour.(I have finished them in around 15 minutes) So this entire article is wrong.

  20. Bob April 18, 2010 at 10:53 pm - Reply

    This person must not drink beer either. Pretty sure you can drink more than three in an hour

  21. Barb April 19, 2010 at 4:53 pm - Reply

    How come no one ever bothers to consider that the cups are filled with ice cubes first? You should know we Americans like our ice. So, if you have a 64 oz cup, filled at LEAST 3/4 full of ice cubes, how much volume of liquid is the cup actually holding? My best guess is less than half, or 32 oz. I think we make the cups that big mainly so you can have some liquid with all the ice we put in it.

  22. chris wright April 30, 2010 at 5:05 pm - Reply

    get a photo of the gulf of Mexico put your logo on it and call it the gulp of Mexico. :)

  23. isa May 11, 2010 at 7:11 pm - Reply

    eaaarghh. that’s insane.

    congratulations, humanity. you are fucking disgusting.

  24. Jared Bond June 24, 2010 at 11:29 pm - Reply
  25. Jimmm June 27, 2010 at 8:00 am - Reply

    Obviously never had a childhood, or a significant amount of beer.

  26. m October 28, 2010 at 11:05 am - Reply

    Part 1: A typical dinner out for my family, & guests includes at least 13oz wine, 16oz water, 10oz coffee..39oz of liquid minimum each, plus salad, appetizers, a main course, & desert, usually within the space of an hour. No discomfort, & we didn’t begin with empty stomachs. (Incidentally, we aren’t overweight.) Your figures are obviously askew.

    • Daven Hiskey
      Daven October 28, 2010 at 9:49 pm - Reply

      @m: So you are telling me you consume almost 2.5 pounds of liquid (about 1/3 of a gallon) and then salad, appetizers, a main course, and dessert in an hour? You guys should go compete in one of those “2-3 pound Steak Competitions”. You’d win every time. ;-)

      Seriously though, if you are really eating like that, you are grossly over-stretching your stomach. This is very unhealthy. An average mixture of food/liquid (depends on the food of course, but in general) takes nearly 5 hours for your body to process from healthily full to empty. Slow down a bit their on your consumption rates. Give your body a chance to catch up. You can read more on this here.

  27. girl April 6, 2011 at 9:19 am - Reply

    WHAT THE FUCK!!! Is this dude saying that all americans are fat??

  28. justagirl April 6, 2011 at 9:22 am - Reply

    I have drank an entire double gulp and eating a slice of pizza. I am 5’0 and 90 lbs. while getting a tattoo, and I didnt use the bathroom once. I am a little upset by this fucking asshole article implying that all AMERICANS are FAT. WELL YOU CAN GO FUCK YOUR DICK WHILE MASTERBATING ASSHOLE!!

  29. TonyAtlas January 19, 2012 at 2:18 pm - Reply

    Current Double Gulp cups only hold about 58 ounces….measured it last night. It held 6 cups (8 x 6 = 48), and then another 9.5-10 ounces. That is filling it to the very top!

  30. Mood February 19, 2012 at 5:28 pm - Reply

    The lack of understanding that this article and the comments that follow it is as comprehensive as it is disturbing. Ignorance of fields as diverse as basic math (including how percentages work), biology and anatomy, grammar, and even reading comprehension is proudly flaunted. The equitation of personal anecdotes with general facts, and the repeated assumptions that a (admittedly very poor) attempt to draw attention to a national trend is a personal attack smack of a particularly limited ability to think critically.

    I did not write this because I’m a “fat, dickfucking, masterbating asshole” (which I will likely be called nonetheless) who enjoys causing internet drama. I wrote this because more and more, the internet is becoming THE standard medium of communication. And I believe that how we speak both reflects and shapes how we think. So, when I stumble across something like this, a conversation you likely consider the most intellectually stimulating of your week, in which you made successful and well argued points on critical issues, I feel compelled to let you know that you are wrong. So don’t take it as a personal attack when I say that most of what was said here was stupid, or so poorly argued that I could not fathom the author’s intent.

    It’s constructive criticism. Go back, look at your comments, and recognize how, in your haste to point at someone else’s stupidity, you tripped over your own.

    Or keep being stupid. Your choice.

    • Daven Hiskey
      Daven February 19, 2012 at 5:43 pm - Reply

      @mood: While you make some good points unrelated to the topic at hand, in terms of the actual discussion, you’re doing nothing different than surrounding a “stupid, or so poorly argued” with a lot of words. Your entire comment is just that and could have been shortened to it, which isn’t constructive criticism. If you wanted to add to the discussion, you’d say exactly where it’s wrong and cite sources to back up your statements, as was done in the article. I’m perfectly willing to admit when something I’ve written is wrong, but saying: “I feel compelled to let you know that you are wrong” and then backing that statement up with the evidence that it is “stupid, or so poorly argued” isn’t going to ever convince me or anyone else of anything.

  31. Bob June 5, 2012 at 4:47 pm - Reply

    OK I think we can all agree that this is overall just a very poorly written and poorly researched article. That said we can glean a few things from it:

    1) Americans drink a lot of “soda”.
    2) There is a shitload of soda in a Double Gulp.

    Which everyone already knows but whatever. Also, where did you get the idea that other countries don’t put ice in their fizzy drinks?!

    • Daven Hiskey
      Daven Hiskey June 6, 2012 at 10:48 pm - Reply

      @Bob: Lots of them don’t. Which I’ve always found odd when traveling around.

  32. peabody June 7, 2012 at 7:26 pm - Reply

    Most people who drink from a Big Gulp aren’t drinking water. More frightening is the sugar content of say a Big Gulp’s worth of Pepsi or Coke.

  33. Steve July 21, 2012 at 4:09 pm - Reply

    What about the “Gulp of Mexico” after the Tower?

  34. Markku April 14, 2013 at 9:09 am - Reply

    And nobody even talks about the amount of sugar here.. Not very healthy and you wonder why obesity is what it is

  35. Yer Pal April 25, 2013 at 4:37 am - Reply

    Hello from the slurpee capital of the world! Look it up, not gonna tell you!

    • Yer Pal April 25, 2013 at 4:38 am - Reply

      Love the pics for the article! :)

  36. Connor August 28, 2013 at 12:16 am - Reply

    I live in America and am a little under weight and I just drank my new 100 ounce cup in 2 hours. Guess my stomach can hold a lot since I don’t feel sick at all like 7 hours later.

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