Binge drinking 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 more examples, use Alcohol Changes 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 alcohols effects.
Drinking too much, too quickly on a single occasion can increase your risk of:
How to reduce your risk
To reduce your health risk from binge drinking, try to:
Keeping track of your drinking is even more important if youre 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 youre invulnerable.
How alcohol affects you drink by drink
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.
In that case, consider whether its time to cut back on your drinking or you need to seek help.
How to reduce your risk from alcohol
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.
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