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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 Canada’s Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines low risk drinking is defined as:

Female: 10 drinks a week, with no more than 2 drinks a day most daysunits a day
Male: 15 drinks a week for men, with no more than 3 drinks a day most days 

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

 

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