What is binge drinking?
Binge drinking is a dangerous drinking pattern that is defined as the consumption of:
- 4 or more alcohol drinks for women
- 5 or more drinks for men
- An occasion is generally considered to be about 2-3 hours
- Binge drinking usually leads to acute impairment (intoxication), but most binge drinkers are not alcoholics or dependent on alcohol.
- BUT there are high risks of injury or other unwanted events that can result from a “binge” including physical injury from fights, falls, motor vehicle accidents; increased risk of becoming a victim of sexual violence, alcohol poisoning, and death
- each year approximately 600,000 college students are injured while under the influence of alcohol
- each year approximately 1,825 college students die from alcohol related injures
- each year 97,000 college students are victims of sexual assault or rape
- Other consequences of binge drinking can impact your GPA
- 25% of college students report academic consequences because of binge drinking, including missed classes, doing poorly on exams and papers, and receiving lower grades
What is moderate drinking?
If you choose to drink, the U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend drinking in moderation, defined as up to
- Up to 1 drink a day for women or
- Up to 2 drinks a day for men
- Younger than the minimum legal drinking age of 21? Experts recommend that you shouldn’t drink at all.
- There is no health recommendation for anyone to begin drinking or increase alcohol consumption
“Vital Signs” Centers for Disease Control January 2013
US Department of Health and Human Services/National Institute of Health/National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism http://www.cdc.gov/alcohol/fact-sheets/binge-drinking.htm