Binge drinking is more common, and more dangerous, than you may think.
According to Australian medical experts, binge drinking is consuming too much alcohol on a single occasion.
Drinking continuously for a number of days or weeks, occasional or irregular bouts of heavy drinking or drinking deliberately to get drunk can all be considered binge drinking.
There are many risks associated with binge drinking including memory loss, injury to yourself or others, dizziness, loss of coordination, diarrhea, vomiting, lack of judgment and even alcohol poisoning – which can be fatal.
To reduce the risk of alcohol-related harm over a lifetime, the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) recommends drinking no more than two standard drinks on any day.
To reduce the risk of injury on a single occasion of drinking, the NHMRC recommends drinking no more than four standard drinks on a single occasion.