The Pattern Of Binge Drinking
People who drink large amounts of alcohol for long periods of time, run the risk of developing serious and persistent health problems. Binge drinking is popular among the younger generations who drink excessively as part of cultural entertainment.
In simple terms binge drinking is drinking vastly excessive quantities of alcohol in a short space of time to get drunk.
Binge drinkers can be non-drinkers during the week and excessive during the weekend.
Because each of us are different, it is not possible to say exactly what constitutes binge drinking.
But the Office for National Statistics (ONS) claim it is having more than eight units for men and more than six units for women.
(one unit is the equivalent of one third of a pint of normal strength beer, or half a glass of red wine, or one 25ml single measure of whisky)
Binge drinking places an enormous physical strain on the body, particularly the liver.
It can also lead to memory loss or blackouts.
There is also the added risk of behavioural problems including arguing, fighting or casual sex (often unprotected as alcohol can lower your inhibitions).
Binge drinking also places an enormous strain on the NHS with many accident and emergency departments being stretched to capacity due to incidents or accidents which are caused because of binge drinking.