Recent research suggests that binge drinking – more than four drinks in one night – might be a better indication of serious alcohol addiction than frequency of drinking. Many people who binge drink don’t begin the night intending to drink copious amounts of alcohol but end up making poor decisions after consuming several drinks in a short period of time.
If you are concerned about avoiding binge drinking, one tip suggested by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism is to make sure that you pace yourself during the course of the night while drinking. People who consume one drink after another typically make the types of poor choices that lead to treatment in an alcohol abuse center. Having a non-alcoholic drink such as water or a soda in between each alcoholic drink can lessen the risk of binge drinking.
If you have trouble spacing out your drinks over the course of the night, that is a telltale sign of a drinking problem. You should consider seeing an alcohol and drug addiction specialist to discuss your drinking pattern and determine if you need treatment.