‘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 officially 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 slightly different from other kinds of alcohol misuse but it’s just as harmful. Many people who occasionally binge – either at home or with others – self-describe as “social drinkers” and do not think they have a problem with alcohol. But whether you’re drinking more at home due to lockdown restrictions or anticipating your first post-lockdown pint in the spring, it’s always beneficial to keep track of your drinking. If you want to know whether your drinking to safe levels, try the Drinkaware Self-Assessment tool.