A new study suggests that drinking alcohol per week can put youngsters at a greater risk of binge drinking.
The research team from the Universite de Montreal and the University of Western Ontario showed that frequent alcohol consumption can lead to binge drinking among all gender and all age groups, particularly young men.
"The relationship between drinking frequency and consumption per occasion might be both cultural and biological," said study coauthor Andree Demers, a Universite de Montreal sociology professor and director of the Research Group on the Social Aspects of Health and Prevention.
"Regular drinking builds up tolerance, therefore daily drinkers will need more than their usual drink or two to make a difference with everyday life and gain that festive feeling," said lead author Catherine Paradis, a Universite de Montreal PhD candidate.
"That fosters drinking beyond healthy limits - at least sporadically and perhaps weekly - to five drinks or more per occasion. And five units is above the recommended limits of healthy drinking," she added.
During the study, researchers examined the GENACIS Canada project data, approximately 11,000 respondents were asked to report on their alcohol consumption within the last 12 months.
The study is published in the journal Addiction.