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.
Through the evidence-based Australian guidelines to reduce health risks from alcohol (‘the guidelines’), the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) to provide clear guidance for Australians on reducing their risk of harm from drinking alcohol.
To reduce the risk of alcohol-related harm over a lifetime, the 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.
Please note, the NHMRC is currently undertaking a review of the guidelines. The guidelines will be updated on this page once the review is complete.