According to the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health nearly 7.55 million 12-20 year old girls reported consuming alcohol in the past year.
In 2012, males and females ages 12 to 20 reported similar rates of past month alcohol consumption (24.7% v. 24.0%, respectively), however, rates of binge drinking (17% v. 14%) and heavy drinking (56% v. 3%) were higher among underage males than their underage female peers. Among 12- to 17-year olds, the percentage of males and females who report drinking in the past month and binge drinking was relatively the same (13% and 7%, respectively). (Source: SAMHSA, 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 2013)
Among college students long-established and large gender differences exist in the prevalence of binge drinking, however this difference has generally been diminishing. According to the 2012 Monitoring the Future Study 41% of college males report having consumed five or more drinks in a row during the previous two weeks compared with 34% of their female peers. This once narrowing gender difference has slowed with both male and female binge drinking rates declining. However, male college students are significantly more likely to engage in these extreme levels of binge drinking – 23% of males compared to 7% of female college students reported having 10 or more drinks in a row. (Source: Monitoring the Future 2012 Volume II, 2013)