Binge drinking is one of the most serious problems on college campuses today. Parents should be talking to their teens about it long before they send them off to college.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, binge drinking, or heavy episodic drinking, is defined as a pattern of drinking that brings a person's blood alcohol concentration to 0.08 grams percent or above. This equates to:

  • Five or more drinks in about 2 hours for males
  • Four or more drinks in about 2 hours for females

It should be noted, however, that the volumes above are general. The size of the drink and body weight of the drinker are not taken into consideration in this definition. The assumption here is that drinking occurs within a short period of time (a few hours or less) and leads to alcohol intoxication.