WASHINGTON, D.C. - A new report finds women are becoming notorious when it comes to binge drinking.
CNN reported researchers looked at university students in Spain for the study and found 56% of female students were considered binge drinkers compared to 41% of males. The report found although men drank more in general, the women got drunk faster.
The study appeared in the Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.
CBS News reported the Center for Disease Control's "Vital Signs," published in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report on Jan. 8, showed that one in eight women over the age of 18 admitted to binge drinking last year.
It's a recognized activity that almost 14 million American women participate in about three times a month.
The report in "Vital Signs" said binge drinking costs 23,000 lives and 633,000 years of potential life lost (YPLL) each during year during 2001 through 2005 for women and girls in the U.S.
Binge drinking increases the risk of getting breast cancer, heart disease, sexually transmitted diseases, unintended pregnancy and other health issues.
The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism said to stay "low-risk" drinkers, women should drink no more than three drinks a day and no more than seven drinks a week.