binge drinking


: an act or pattern of excessive consumption of alcohol
The reality is, however, that college drinking, especially binge drinking—defined as five or more drinks in a sitting for men and four for women—is a serious, and sometimes fatal, problem.Maria Caliri
The contentious tax on alcopops has failed to influence teenage drinkers and done nothing to curb binge drinking, according to the first survey of underage alcohol use since the federal government introduced the excise hike.Melissa Fyfe
The Wisconsin Alcohol Policy Project has developed strategies to reduce binge drinking by identifying bars that routinely over-serve customers, as well as community festivals that overemphasize drinking.Chris Hubbuch
often hyphenated when used before another noun
a binge-drinking problem
binge drink intransitive verb
binge drank; binge drank also binge drunk; binge drinking; binge drinks
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 6 U.S. adults binge drinks, with 25% doing so at least weekly. Annika Olson
binge drinker noun
plural binge drinkers
Respondents who report consuming five or more drinks on at least one occasion during the past month are considered binge drinkers and are at the highest risk for alcohol-related problems. Paula Mergenhagen

Examples of binge drinking in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 2017, his students created a pop-up museum in an empty restaurant in suburban Maryland that documented challenges — such as the college application process and being exposed to binge drinking — through murals, performances and ceramic selfie sculptures. Nicole Asbury, Washington Post, 15 June 2024 According to the Post, patients who reported binge drinking were the most impacted. Charlotte Phillipp, Peoplemag, 29 Mar. 2024 Avoiding binge drinking and smoking could also help reduce the risk, according to the CDC. Sarah Al-Arshani, USA TODAY, 11 Jan. 2024 The state had the ninth-highest rate in the country of people who reported binge drinking, heavy drinking or both. Meg Wingerter, The Denver Post, 4 Jan. 2024 The campaign has had tangible effects in a country where beer flows freely at sidewalk restaurants and binge drinking is common. Chau Doan, New York Times, 14 Feb. 2024 Cutting down on smoking, refraining from binge drinking, and getting plenty of physical exercise, may also improve brain health, according to the CDC. Mary Kekatos, ABC News, 19 Jan. 2024 The 38-year-old Filipina said the partnership with Hawkins for these events felt as intense and fulfilling as their early days in retail — this time without the fog of binge drinking. Alexa Juliana Ard, Washington Post, 13 Jan. 2024 But binge drinking can harm your liver and other organs and break down important barriers in your intestines over time. Dani Blum, New York Times, 8 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1949, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of binge drinking was in 1949

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“Binge drinking.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition

binge drinking

variants also binge-drinking
: an act or pattern of excessive consumption of alcohol
binge drink intransitive verb
binge drinker noun
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