The day after drinking alcohol a person may experience symptoms known as a hangover.
Binge drinking refers to heavy drinking over a short period of time, typically with the intention of getting intoxicated or drunk. It can impact your physical and mental health, relationships, and work performance. The health risks are even more serious if you’re under 18.
While binge drinking is a commonly used term, it is also referred to as high-risk drinking.
To reduce the risk of harm from alcohol-related disease and injury, it is recommended that healthy men and women drink no more than 10 standard drinks a week and no more than 4 standard drinks on any one day.
Drinking less on each day or drinking occasion, further reduces the lifetime risk of harm from alcohol.
Binge drinking can increase your risk of developing an alcohol use disorder, and also increase your risk of long-term harm, including cancer, heart disease, stroke and liver disease.
1 in 7Adults in Australia report drinking 11 or more alcoholic drinks in a single session at least once a year1
7%Of adults in Australia report drinking 11 or more alcoholic drinks in a single session at least once a month
30%Of young adults aged 18-24 drank 11 or more standard drinks in 2019
15%Of young adults aged 18-24 drank 11 or more standard drinks at once a month in 2019
1 in 5Emergency department presentations in WA on Saturday nights are because of alcohol
There are lots of reasons why people binge drink. Some people might feel pressure from their friends, or they might drink to avoid feeling awkward or uncomfortable at social events. Some people use alcohol to help cope with stress or other issues, and some people might not know how much they are really drinking.
If you are concerned about your drinking or how it might be affecting you, there are some small things you can do that can make a big difference.
Page last updated18 October 2023