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Is binge drinking the same as addiction?

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Dr. Jin Packard
Dr. Jin Packardanswered
Emergency Medicine 7 years experience
No: Binge drinking is when you drink in 2 hours: 5 or more drinks for men, 4+ for women. Most who binge are not addicted to alcohol. Binge has its own set of dangers that are different than what we would worry for a chronic alcoholic patient. Binge drinking can contribute to sexual assault, accidents, lung injury or death by aspiration of vomit, or coma (alcohol poisoning).
Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine 24 years experience
Maybe: Addiction: there are many defintions. Addiction may mean alcohol dependence as defined by dsm criteria, which a binge drinker very well might not fit that critera. But in a broader sense, binge drinking often results in negative consequences and people binge drink again after negative consequences, clinically hallmark of addiction. For a mouth full refer to asam defintion of addiction.

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Dr. Stuart Wasser
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5 or more drinks: Or 4 or more drinks in a sitting for a female.

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