Today the generally accepted definition of binge drinking in the United States as the consumption of five or more drinks in a row by men — or four or more drinks in a row by women — at least once in the previous 2 weeks. Heavy binge drinking includes three or more such episodes in 2 weeks.
The National Drug Strategy Household Survey found that in 2007 just over 10 per cent of Australians aged 14 years and over drank at levels that increased their risk of alcohol-related harm in the long-term. At least 26.8 per cent drank at levels that increased their risk of alcohol-related harm in the short-term at least monthly.
More people in the 20–29 year age group drank at these risky levels than any other age group, with over 16 per cent of 20–29 year old females drinking at levels that increased their risk of alcohol-related harm in the long-term. Over 45 per cent of 20–29 year old males drank at levels that increased their risk of alcohol-related harm in the short-term at least monthly.
Most people under 18 years old (87.8 per cent) had never drank alcohol; however, over 20 per cent of those who had drank were drinking at least weekly.
Research shows that although the number of 12–17 year olds who are drinking alcohol has remained fairly stable during the past decade, the number of those who are drinking at harmful levels has increased significantly in that time. Among 16–24 year olds, alcohol-related harm is one of the leading causes of disease and injury.
We recommend the responsible consumption of alcohol. Especially when you are sampling the finest 200 pubs in London on one of our FREE London pub crawl PDFs or a guided London pub crawl, why waste a great experience by not being able to remember it. Our advice is to drink a half pint at each pub, and sample as many different ales as you feel comfortable.