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Binge or excessive drinking is generally regarded as rapid consumption in a short period of time. For example, enjoying a few drinks over the course of an evening is very different from quickly downing several in quick succession within an hour or two. Binge drinking is especially bad for your health and can cause social problems for you and others around you.

Excessive or reckless drinking is also very dangerous and involves consuming large quantities of alcohol over an evening or even over a lifetime.

Many countries have set up drinking guidelines to help people avoid problematic drinking and the risks associated with it. If you have any worries about your drinking, you can find various tests and helpful information here.

As described in the Australian Guidelines to Reduce Health Risks from Drinking Alcohol UK Sensible Drinking Guidelines, moderate drinking is defined as:

Female: up to 2 - 3 units standard drinks per a day
Male: up to 3 - 42 standard drinks units pera day
Pregnant women: 0 standard drinks per day

Because people process alcohol differently, these are only guidelines so it is important to be aware of your own limits.


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