High-Intensity Drinking

Megan E Patrick, Beth Azar

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Binge drinking thresholds have long been set at four or more drinks for women and five or more drinks for men over the course of a few hours. However, a significant number of people regularly consume much higher amounts of alcohol: double or even triple the standard binge drinking threshold. Researchers have begun to distinguish between typical binge drinking and this kind of “high-intensity drinking,” which is common among certain types of binge drinkers and is often associated with special occasions, including holidays, sporting events, and, notably, 21st birthdays. To understand the social and physical influences of alcohol consumption, it is important for researchers to set standard definitions for high-intensity drinking and distinguish it from other types of alcohol use.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e1-e7
Number of pages7
JournalAlcohol Research: Current Reviews
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Alcohol consumption
  • Binge drinking
  • College drinking
  • Drinking occasions
  • Drinking patterns
  • Heavy drinking
  • High-intensity drinking


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