According to Barry Jackson (Radio NZ interview), if you've consumed 5 standard drinks in one day anytime in the last month (4 for women), you're a light binge drinker. If you've done it once in the last two weeks, you're a moderate binge drinker.Well Eric isn't the only "light binge drinker". Last weekend I went down to Timaru to see a friend and on Friday night enjoyed a bottle of the 2006 vintage Ata Rangi Pinot Noir. Now, from memory a bottle of wine is well over 5 standard drinks, nearer 7-8. This means that my very enjoyable evening was a binge drinking session! Not that I had noticed.
The pint of Emerson's JP I had the other night was 3.3 standard drinks. Combine that with a pint of anything else, and you've just had a binge drinking session.
If drinking a bottle of wine is binge drinking, then given the amount of wine dunk in this country, New Zealand really must have a huge binge drinking problem! Either that or Jackson needs to revisit his definition of "binge drinking".
Eric goes on to say,
He [Jackson] lauds the American system where drunk in public is a criminal offense and where having an alcohol conviction can mean you're forbidden from practicing in any of some 40 different professions requiring registration.Again if drinking a bottle of wine can get you banded from practising in any of 40 different professions, one wonders how many people there would be left in our professions.
Eric also goes on to
[...] wonder how long 'till he starts pushing for legislation against "drunk at home" as well...Indeed. The wowsers really are coming out of the woodwork.