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What Is Front-Loading?

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Updated May 07, 2010

Definition: Front-loading is the practice of binge-drinking usually highly concentrated alcoholic beverages prior to going out to a drinking establishment, such as a pub, bar, or nightclub. The intention of front-loading is to become intoxicated prior to going out, to allow the drinker to experience drunkenness, while avoiding consequences of public drinking, such as being caught drinking under-age, or to avoid paying inflated prices at drinking establishments.
Pronunciation: frunt-lO-ding
Also Known As: front-loading, pre-drinking, pre-gaming, off-premises drinking, pre-loading
Alternate Spellings: frontloading, front loading
Examples:
Ella and her friends were underage drinkers, who took up the habit of front-loading liquor before going out at the weekend.

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