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published time By Liveinstyle published time 09 Dec, 2013 Share image 0 Shares

Ask anyone to describe another's drinking habits and you'll invariably hear terms like 'social drinking', 'on and off', 'binge drinking', 'alcoholic' and so on. All of these carry with them varying levels of risk from the less to very high, besides consequences in the short and/or long term.

While the patterns described here could have different effects on people, at least being aware of drinking patterns can help maximize your enjoyment and ensure you keep out of harm's way.

Social Drinking

People under this heading limit their consumption of alcohol to social gatherings to express their celebration of an occasion or to provide company.

Habitual Drinking

This is characterised by drinking in places, situations or times out of sheer habit. The risk factor associated with it depends on the individual and the amounts consumed regularly.

Binge Drinking

This refers to the consumption of large quantities of alcohol over a single drinking session, with almost deliberate progress towards intoxication.

Bout Drinking

This is a drinking pattern where the individual consumes large quantities of alcohol over a period of time such as days, weeks or months, after a period of low consumption or abstinence.

Heavy Drinking

As the heading suggests, this is a high risk level that leads to serious health problems. It is marked by drinkers being dependent on alcohol to execute some tasks and it is often characterised by alcohol withdrawal symptoms on stopping the drinking.

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