Binge drinking is defined, for men, as consuming five or more drinks in a row; and as four drinks in a row for women. It is simply too much alcohol in too short a time. Students who binge drink are 21 times more likely than nonbinge drinkers to engage in unprotected sex and unplanned sexual activity. If the typical adult drinks to be social, the typical teenager drinks to get drunk.
"Binge is part of the social milieu on weekends for American adolescents. It's how partying is defined." says John Kulig, director of adolescent medicine at New England Medical Center.