If you drink four beers over the course of a six-hour BBQ, is that binge drinking? Find out what it really means to “binge drink.”

What Is Binge Drinking?

Binge drinking means drinking an amount of alcohol in two hours that causes your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level to reach 0.08%. BAC refers to the amount of alcohol in your bloodstream.

The key word is “usually.” Alcohol affects everyone differently based on many factors, such as those listed below. For some, two drinks might be enough to raise their BAC to 0.08%. It’s best to monitor how the alcohol affects you personally. Don’t assume you can have four or five drinks and be under 0.08% just because others can.

Most people who binge drink are not dependent on alcohol.

Source: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism