Anytime you drink double the recommended daily alcohol limit you are in fact ‘binge drinking. Everyone has different levels of alcohol tolerance (see How much is too much? for more information) but it’s worth bearing in mind the following:
Any occasion a woman drinks six or more units constitutes binge drinking. That works out at two large glasses of 12% wine, or two pints of 5% beer or cider.
Any occasion a man drinks eight or more units constitutes binge drinking. That works out at two and half pints of 5% beer or cider, or four doubles of 40% spirits.
Spreading drinks throughout the day – your health is still affected
Consuming excessive alcohol over a short time or ‘bingeing’ means that your body simply can’t process the alcohol in your body quickly enough and results in a high Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC).
Spreading your drinks over several hours (and over meals) may have a lower impact on your BAC, but your health will still be affected.
Worried that you may binge drink?
Find out how many units your favourite tipple contains with our unit tracker and take our test to see if you regularly binge.
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