Drinking more than you need has become a common occurrence among drinkers, with studies suggesting that excessive consumption can be dangerous.
But why do so many people do it?
And what’s the difference between binge drinking and drinking more?
Drinkers are often confused by the term binge drinking because they often associate it with a binge drinking problem, but this isn’t always the case.
There are two types of binge drinking: binge drinking (when you drink too much) and drinking when you are not drinking.
Binge drinking is defined as drinking when your tolerance level is so high that you begin to experience negative effects of alcohol on your body, such as impaired thinking, memory, concentration, and reaction times.
When you drink, your body produces more alcohol and the alcohol is absorbed into the bloodstream and stored in the brain.
Bed is defined in the DSM-5 as a period of time of at least two hours in which you drink four or more alcoholic drinks in a 24-hour period.
The DSM-IV defines binge drinking as consuming alcohol more than once in 24 hours.
This definition is not the same as that of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-5, the official reference for the diagnostic criteria used by health care professionals to classify binge drinking.
The DSM-III-R defines binge consuming as “consumption of more than five alcoholic beverages within one 24-h period, or the consumption of alcohol to the extent that it increases one’s blood alcohol concentration more than four times the level of a reasonable person under the age of 21 years.”
The DSM IV-TR defines binge consumption as drinking to the level that increases one or more of a person’s physiological reactions (e.g., heart rate, blood pressure, breathing rate, etc.) more than three times the physiological reactions of a normal person under 21 years of age.
Binge drinking and binge drinking in general are considered when evaluating the degree of a binge.
The number of drinks consumed during a binge can vary.
For example, the average binge drinker consumes four to six drinks on average, but it can be as many as eight.
Boredom and a lack of motivation often contribute to excessive drinking.
The symptoms of excessive drinking include:Restlessness, agitation, hypervigilance, irritability, restlessness, disorientation, confusion, and decreased concentration.
The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) defines binge as any period in which someone is experiencing excessive drinking, but they don’t have a clear definition of binge.
According to the NIAAA, binge drinking is characterized by having four or five drinks within one hour of a drink.
The NIAA defines bingeing as having two or more drinks within 24 hours of a single drink.
Beverage consumption can also vary across states and regions.
Some states define binge drinking to be more severe than others, which is why there is a difference in the definitions.
For instance, in Alaska, binge is defined by a single alcoholic drink and the drinking level is not over the limit, and in New York, a single alcohol-related death is defined.