What is binge drinking?
Binge drinking is when you drink a lot of alcohol in one go or in a short space of time to get drunk quickly. A lot of people binge drink to forget problems, to fit in with friends, for fun on a night out or to feel relaxed.
When you binge drink, you are more likely to be sick or vomit, lose control or pass out. In extreme situations you can choke on your vomit, stop breathing or die from alcohol poisoning.
If someone is drunk, they can't think clearly and are more at risk of making decisions they'll regret. For example, getting into a fight or doing sexual things they wouldn't usually feel comfortable with.
If you binge drink or are worried about someone else's drinking, you can contact a counsellor for confidential advice and support.
You should call 999 for urgent help if you or someone else chokes on vomit, can't breathe properly, turns blue or has a fit or seizure.