‘Binge drinking’ usually refers to drinking lots of alcohol in a short space of time, or ‘drinking to get drunk’. It’s not easy to define, but researchers understand bingeing as consuming more than eight units of alcohol in a single session. That’s just over three pints of 4% strength beer.
Binge drinking is a common drinking behaviour in the UK and is slightly different from other kinds of alcohol misuse. Many people might feel that they can control it, that they are “social drinkers” and do not have a problem with alcohol.
However, binge-drinking can pose serious risks to your mental and physical health.