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"to binge-drink" / "binge-drinking"

Meaning: to drink an excessive amount of alcohol very quickly or in a short period of time

Similar Expressions
  • Binge-drinking is bad for your health.
  • Drinking a lot of alcohol in a short time is bad for your health.
When do we use it?

We use the word "binge" to talk about consuming a lot of something in a short period of time. The most common expressions are "to binge eat", "to binge drink", and "to binge watch".

"Binge-drinking" is a very harmful and dangerous activity. However, it is quite common among young people, especially on university campuses.

It is not binge-drinking if you drink a bottle or two of wine, but you drink slowly while eating and talking to your friends. Binge-drinking is hard and fast drinking like taking 5 shots of whiskey in less than an hour or two.

How do we use it?

We can use this term as a verb "binge-drink".
  • My brother has a problem. He binge-drinks too much.
  • There is no need to binge-drink.
  • She binge-drank last night, so today she feels terrible.
We can also use it as a gerund "binge-drinking".
  • Binge-drinking shows a lack of control.
  • My friends like binge-drinking, but I don't.
Example English Conversation

A) Do you binge-drink?
B) I used to when I was in university, but now I don't. Now, I just enjoy a glass of wine or two when I drink.
A) That's good. I think many people binge-drink when they are in university because they do not know how to drink slowly and enjoy it.

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