Responsible Drinkers are Bingers?

The New York Times has pointed out an important irony: some researchers define binge drinkers as college students who consume five (or even as few as four) drinks on an occasion. The same students are advised by health educators to be responsible drinkers by pacing themselves at no more than one drink per hour. But since students often attend social events for five or more hours at a time, that consumption rate would label them as bingers. Thus, careful students would be both responsible drinkers and bingers at the same time!

The recently-promoted "four or five drinks on an occasion" definition of binge drinking is clearly unrealistic and apparently designed to inflate statistics on bingeing.


  • The Attack on Campus Drinking. New York Times, Sept. 27, 1999, p. A26 (editorial).

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