Industrial models of school and work have put such importance on "the weekend." But one has only to spend time on a dairy farm or in a hospital to realize how artificial this schedule really is.
The alternative to the cycle of "supressing then binging" is to find and optimize the productive rhythm of each day. And there is no one answer. Everyone is efficient at a different time, and stubbornly inefficient at other times.
But this earned insight into one's self is so valuable to a life of accomplishment (rather than just busyness). And those individuals and families that have found their own collective rhythms start seeing weekends as a distraction to the week, not the point of it.