Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie,
MD, PhD, Senior Editor.
In Reply: In response to Dr DeJong, the definition
of "binge" drinking as the consumption of 5 or more drinks on a single occasion
(often modified to 4 or more for women) is widely used and accepted.1 Indeed, reduction in binge drinking among adults
is a Leading Health Indicator in Healthy People 2010,2 and
the NIAAA uses the 5 drink/4 drink levels to delineate risky drinking.3 Nonetheless, we acknowledge that "binge" is also
sometimes used to describe prolonged periods of intoxication among alcohol-dependent
individuals, as well as excessive eating over short periods of time.
Naimi T, Brewer B, Mokdad A, Denny C, Serdula M, Marks J. Definitions of Binge Drinking. JAMA. 2003;289(13):1635-1636. doi:10.1001/jama.289.13.1635