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.
- For women, this usually happens after about four standard drinks
- For men, this usually happens after about five standard drinks
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.