Binge drinking – when you down lots of alcohol in a short space of time – could lead to brain damage, scientists warn.
The NHS states that a binge session is equivalent to guzzling six units of alcohol, which is two to three glasses of wine or beer.
But a previous ONS study found that 2.5million Brits drink more than 14 units of alcohol on their heaviest drinking day – well over twice the “binge” amount.
And now new research has linked excessive drinking to impaired neural development, particularly in youngsters.
Scientists monitored electrical activity in the brains of 80 first-year students from a Spanish university and quizzed them about their drinking habits.
During the study they defined binge drinking as consuming five or more alcohol drinks within a two-hour period for men and four for women.
Students who confessed to at least one heavy drinking session within the previous month were classified as "binge-drinkers".
They were compared with "non-bingers" who claimed they had never binged.