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Is there any difference in meaning between the expression go on a drinking binge, go on a drinking spree and go on a bender? For example:

Around Christmas many young people go on a drinking binge.

Around Christmas many young people go on a drinking spree.

Around Christmas many young people go on a bender.

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A "drinking spree" would be understood, but it isn't really an idiomatic saying. A "spree" is a period of unrestrained activity of any kind.

A "binge" and a "bender" are two different things:

  • A drinking binge is a large amount of alcohol consumed in a confined period of time. For example, alcohol licensing laws (which limit the times of day alcohol can be sold) are sometimes said to encourage binge drinking because people try to drink more before the time is called.
  • A bender is an extended period of drinking, usually over more than a day (eg "I've been on a 3-day bender")

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