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When discussing binge drinking, it is important to differentiate between moderate and binge amounts of alcohol. Experts define moderate drinking as up to two drinks per day for men or one drink per day for women. Defining binge drinking is not as straightforward. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism defines binge drinking as consuming quantities that raise the blood alcohol concentration to 0.08 g/dL, which is the legal intoxication level in the United States.

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1. Time Frame

One of the definitive factors of binge drinking is that it occurs in a relatively short span of time. Because binge drinking is not formally defined by the American Psychiatric Association, there are no strict diagnostic criteria. That said, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health defines it as five or more drinks for men or four drinks for women on the same occasion at least one time in the past month.

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