Binge drinking could be a new terms to most people. However, by just a defination, it usually refers to drinking lots of alcohol in a short space of time or drinking to get drunk.
In the UK, binge drinking is drinking more than:
For high-alcohol wines (14% ABV), 14 units equals:
One and a third bottles; four 250ml glasses; around six 175ml glasses; just under eight 125ml glasses
For more examples, use Alcohol Change's unit calculator.
This is not an exact definition for binge drinking that applies to everyone, as tolerance to alcohol can vary from person to person.
The speed of drinking in a session can also alter alcohol's effects.
Drinking too much, too quickly on a single occasion can increase your risk of:
To reduce your health risk from binge drinking, try to:
Keeping track of your drinking is even more important if you're out in risky or unfamiliar circumstances.
You can be at risk from others, and may not be able to look after your friends.
You can easily lose control of what you do or say and may make risky decisions, thinking you're invulnerable.
Below is a drink-by-drink guide, based on a standard (175ml) 13% volume glass of white wine and 4% strength pint of lager, showing how quickly alcohol can affect your mind and body.
1 glass of white wine or a pint of lager (just over 2 units):
2 glasses of white wine or 2 pints of lager (just over 4 units):
3 glasses of white wine or 3 pints of lager (just under 7 units):
4 glasses of white wine or 4 pints of lager (just over 9 units):
Bear in mind that some people, including women, young people and those with smaller builds, may experience the effects after drinking smaller amounts of alcohol.
If you find you have become tolerant to the effects of alcohol, you may be at risk of health problems.
To keep health risks from alcohol to a low level if you drink most weeks:
Fourteen units is equivalent to 6 pints of 4% beer or 6 glasses (175ml) of 13% wine.