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Binge Drinking

Binge drinking

Binge drinking refers to the excessive consumption of alcohol within one drinking episode. The term was originally used in clinical practice to refer to an extended drinking session from which everyday life was suspended. From the 1990s, the term was more narrowly defined as a (much lower) quantity of alcohol consumed over and above recommended health limits within one drinking session.

The original clinical definition of a binge referred to both the excessive consumption of alcohol across an extended time period and also the consequence of such consumption for the user. Clinical definitions of the length and outcome of a binge vary and can include characteristics such as continuous dependent drinking over a period of a day or more to the point where ...

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