drinking? Excessive drinking? Abusive drinking? Problem drinking? Heavy
episodic drinking? Its all the same phenomenon. In numbers, its
5 or more drinks for men, 4 or more drinks for women (based on the
Five/Four Measure) in any one "occasion". Occasion being
defined by an evening, an afternoon, or more obviously, a morning (particularly
if your morning starts at noon).
If that seems
a bit nebulous, it might better be measured by intent. If the purpose
of the occasion is consuming alcohol with the goal of getting ripped,
thats binge drinking.
is such a thing. A Harvard study begun in 1993 under Dr. Henry Wechsler
further defines binge drinking by the point at which negative consequences
result (as viewed by either the drinker or those affected by someone elses