Binge Drinking


Binge drinking is drinking heavily on a single occasion, or drinking continuously over a number of days or weeks.  It is commonly referred to as ‘getting smashed’, or ‘drinking to get drunk’. A person who binge drinks usually has controlled drinking habits, but may frequently overindulge to a harmful level. Binge drinking may not be intentional, the individual may be unsure of their limits, resulting in drinking too much over a short amount of time. Binge drinking may occur in situations where there is peer pressure to do so, or in situations where the individual may be feeling anxious or socially awkward, for example at a party.

There are a number of ways to keep your drinking under control, some examples include:

  • setting limits for yourself,
  • starting with non-alcoholic drinks,
  • alternating alcoholic drinks with non-alcoholic drinks (e.g. water),
  • drinking slowly,
  • trying low alcohol alternatives,
  • eating before or while you are drinking and avoid salty snacks,
  • avoiding rounds or ‘shouts’
  • having one drink at a time,
  • avoiding sculling competitions, and drinking games
  • staying busy – don’t just sit and drink
  • being assertive – don’t be pressured into drinking more than you want to.

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