WASHINGTON (CBS DC) — College women are more likely to binge drink than their male counterparts.

According to a new study of Spanish university students recently published by the Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, women got intoxicated more quickly, although less frequently than men.

The study from researchers at the University of Vigo showed that female students got drunk faster than male students. Men tended to drink more overall, but the women in the study tended to have a more sedentary lifestyle and consumed alcohol more quickly.

“The amount drunk per unit of time is higher among women,” said José Cancela Carral, co-author of the study. “In other words, even though male students drink more often, females do so more intensively in shorter periods of time, which is known as binge drinking, much like the binge eating disorder.”

The obtained data confirmed that only 27.4 percent of the female students were considered as sufficiently active, while 14.9 percent of them suffered from disturbed eating attitudes (DEA).

Fifty-six percent of the female students in the study were considered binge drinkers, compared to 41 percent of men, the Star-Ledger reports.

This comes after several studies found that binge drinking was linked to “happier” college students.

“Binge drinking is a symbolic proxy for higher social status in college and is correspondingly related to greater social satisfaction,” writes Carolyn Hsu, lead author on the study and chair of Sociology and Anthropology at Colgate University. “In other words, binge drinking to ‘fit in’ may actually lead to increased happiness — a phenomenon that does not appear to have gone unnoticed by the alcohol industry.”

Another recent study from the Washington University School of Medicine found “the ‘gender gap’ between male and female drinkers has been closing, and rates of binge drinking among women has risen over the last 30 years.


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