Binge drinking: Not the word of choice

Fern Walter Goodhart, Linda C. Lederman, Lea P. Stewart, Lisa Laitman

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Educators and researchers strive to use terms that reflect a replicable measure of behavior. A term commonly used to describe drinking of a problematic nature is binge drinking. Binge drinking defines behavior by a number of drinks of an alcoholic beverage consumed in a space of time. The authors argue that the term does not describe drinking behavior that students believe is problematic. They claim that students define problem drinking not in terms of quantity, but rather by the outcome (and occasionally by frequency), and attribute different negative connotations to the term binge. They suggest using a term that has shared meaning with students, such as dangerous drinking, to describe the drinking behavior that results in undesirable or unintended consequences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)44-46
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of the American College Health Association
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2003
Externally publishedYes


  • Binge drinking
  • College student alcohol use
  • Dangerous drinking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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