Binge Drinking

What is binge drinking and is it harmful?

Binge drinking is drinking lots of alcohol in a short space of time or drinking to get drunk or feel the effects of alcohol. Two large glasses of wine may not seem like very much, but it is the equivalent of drinking around six units of alcohol. In a short space of time, for example an hour, this would raise your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) and could make you drunk very quickly.  However, drinking the same amount over several hours, and accompanied by food, would not have the same effect on your BAC.

Binge drinking has some harmful and even life-threatening consequences. It puts you at a higher risk of having an accident or other injury. People who binge drink are also more likely to get into physical fights or take other risks that get them into trouble. There is the risk of alcohol poisoning and it has whole range of harmful effects on the body.  Read more about the health effects of alcohol on the Drinkaware website.