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1. a period of uncontrolled or excessive self-indulgent activity, particularly of eating or drinking.
2. to engage in such activity; see also binge eating.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.
Psychiatry noun A period of consumption of a very large quantity of food during a short amount of time, with lack of control over eating, a component of bulimia nervosa, which consists of an episode of hyperpolyphagia, in which up to 15,000 calories may be consumed in 1 hour; binges are often followed by self-induced emesis or ‘purging’
Complications Gastric rupture—Mallory-Weiss syndrome—vascular compression, pancreatitis, aspiration pneumonia, ipecac-induced myocarditis, heart failure, re-feeding edema, hypokalemia, hypochloremia, metabolic alkalosis
Substance abuse

noun (1) A session of cocaine snorting repeated as often as every 10 minutes over a period from 12 hours to a week
(2) Binge drinking
verb A regional term, to inject a drug
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Psychiatry A period of consumption of a very large quantity of food during a short period, with lack of control over eating; binges are often followed by self-induced emesis or 'purging' Complications Gastric rupture-Mallory-Weiss syndrome, vascular compression, pancreatitis, aspiration pneumonia, ipecac-induced myocarditis, heart failure, refeeding edema, hypokalemia, hypochloremia, metabolic alkalosis. See Bulimia nervosa.
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To consume large amounts of food uncontrollably within a short time period.
Mentioned in: Bulimia Nervosa
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Patient discussion about binge

Q. BINGE DRINKING can binge drinking cause death?

A. Yes. Excessive immediate alcohol consumption (i.e. drinking a lot of alcohol during a short time) can lead to a coma and death. Moreover, even smaller amounts may cause death indirectly through risk taking (i.e. RECKLESS) behavior such as driving while drinking, fights etc.

Q. i tend to binge on food and i love nuts!does it pose any health danger if you eat too much of it? i just love spanish peanut and a mixture of cashew,almond & macademia.i eat a lot of it everyday.

A. Binge eating is not very healthy, because you tend to eat a lot of everything without even realizing it, and usually it is not all healthy food. About nuts, peanuts, etc. these contain very high amount of fat, and therefore a 100 grams of nuts is equal to 100 grams of oil! They have about 750 calories per 100 grams in them. No doubt they are healthy and the fat in them is saturated (rich in "good" cholesterol), however eating a lot of it will make you gain weight! You should eat about 6-7 nuts a day and that would be enough, because I assume you consume fat in other ways too (oil in cooking, etc.).

Q. I think I am a Bipolar.Help me to diagnose my bipolar disorder. Hi, I am Andrew 14. I think I am a Bipolar, I have really bad phases of depression inc. Self harm bulimia and suicidal thoughts as well as phases of hyper activity and huge screaming rows . Can anybody help me to diagnose my bipolar disorder?

A. Thank you for sharing Andrew,
A self diagnosis will not be of any help to you. If you believe you may be suffering with bipolar disorder it is time to make an appointment to see your doctor and ask for a referral to a psychiatrist. A psychiatrist will be able to properly diagnose you and get the proper treatements started. I would look into councelling as well. It helps to combine the medications with theropy, both individual and treatement. I wish you all the best.

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Binge drinking is generally defined as consuming five or more alcoholic drinks at a time.
( Binge eating  is associated with mental health problems and nearly half of bingers have been depressed, though the relationship between the two is not known.
For once-monthly binge drinkers, the risk of mental decline was raised by 62% and memory by 27%, according to a new study.
Judgements of videotaped eating episodes as binges: Effects of DSM-IV criteria, size and duration of episode, and loss of control over eating.
The dramatic rise in obesity over the last decade has heightened debate among psychiatrists about whether "binge eating disorder" is a distinct clinical entity that deserves to move from the appendix of the DSM-IV up to a full-fledged psychiatric diagnosis in the DSM-V.
Binge drinking among all adults in 2001 increased to 1.5 billion episodes, or an average of more than seven times per person.
Interestingly, treating binge eaters rarely involves restricting meals since dieting perpetuates the obsession with food and can trigger cravings and binges.
However, in women diagnosed as binge eaters--whether obese or lean--that change in preference also translated into a change in eating choices, the Michigan researchers report in the June American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
There is considerable variation in the research literature as to how binge drinking is measured (4+, 5+, 6+ drinks) and labeled (binge drinking, heavy episodic drinking, or risky single-occasion drinking).
Binge drinking, or an episode of high-volume alcohol consumption, has been defined in various ways.
Although considerable research examining the relationship between binge eating and weight loss has been conducted [7-11], there is a paucity of research on the relationship between binge eating and prolonged WLM.