What is Binge Drinking?
Binge drinking is excessive alcohol consumption or a pattern of drinking that brings the blood alcohol level concentration (BAC) to 0.08 or above. For the typical male adult, this would mean having five or more drinks*, or four or more for females, in about a 2 hour period.
*A “drink” refers to half an ounce of alcohol (e.g, one 12-ounce beer, one 5 ounce glass of wine, or one 1.5 ounce shot of distilled spirits).
Drinking this amount of alcohol is enough to impair judgment, impede coordination, remove inhibitions, cause slurring of words, and potentially put someone at risk of serious health or social consequences, lasting brain damage and even death.