Binge drinking can be defined as a man consuming 8 or more units in a single session or a woman consuming 6 or more units
According to the NHS binge drinking usually refers to drinking lots of alcohol in a short space of time, or drinking to get drunk. Binge drinking need not be an everyday activity; it can be a drinking pattern that varies, perhaps at weekends or maybe once a month or perhaps heavy drinking for two or three days then no alcohol for a few weeks.
Drinking excessively in single sessions leaves you open to a number of risks. There is an increased risk of accidents and of being involved in violence both as a victim or a perpetrator. If you get very drunk there is the risk of inhaling your vomit if you are sick which can lead to suffocation. We also know from NHS information that people who binge drink have an increased risk of suffering a heart attack.
Binge drinking might not mean you’re dependent on alcohol but it can have serious health risks if you regularly drink above the recommended safer limits. It can take a long time, perhaps even years for these health effects to show and by then the damage can be serious.
So what does a binge look like?
Here are some examples of what would class as a binge – each row represents enough to be a binge but some people drink the equivalent of two or three rows or even all of this in a single session!