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Binge Drinking

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Updated September 04, 2009

Definition: Binge drinking is drinking enough alcohol to have a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) over 0.08. This is typically the consumption of four or more drinks for a woman or five or more drinks for a man in a two-hour time period. More broadly, binge drinking is drinking an excessive amount of alcohol in a short amount of time, leading to serious health and social consequences.

Binge drinking is a consistent health concern on college campuses, as students new to drinking overindulge, and others drink in excess purposefully in social settings.

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