Binge drinking can be defined as the nonstop and extreme use of alcohol over a short period of time.
For females, binge drinking consists of the use of more than half a bottle of wine daily, while in males, the drinking of 4 pints of beer daily is considered excessive.
Binge drinking can refer to either regular episodes of excessive consumption of alcohol or single incidents of binging over a shorter period, usually one night.
Alcohol withdrawal symptoms can also occur once an individual has stopped a binge.
Some of the consequences of binge drinking are coma and death (due to an increased chance of a heart attack, respiratory failure and inhalation of vomit while the individual is unconscious).
An assessment will need to be done in order to determine if the individual has physical withdrawal symptoms. If they are, an alcohol detoxification will be required to help slow down and carefully stop the use of alcohol.
Counselling will also be required and possibly admittance into a rehab centre, however it depends on the severity of the binge drinking.
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