What is binge drinking?
Binge drinking is defined as having four drinks for women or five for men within a period of a few hours. It is an alarming underage drinking trend that has parents, school officials and health experts concerned.
Many teens believe that underage drinking and binge drinking are normal, expected and harmless. Largely due to this misconception, the chances of a student becoming a binge drinker more than doubles between the beginning and end of high school. For many, underage drinking and binging continue in college years.
A frequent binge drinker is a person who binged three or more times in the past two weeks. Binge drinking seems to be most prevalent in white, middle or upper class teens.