In a modern era where women are becoming increasingly self-sufficient, it's no surprise that they're catching up to men in many different areas of life. According to a new study released by the National Institutes of Health, men are drinking less, while women are closing the gap by drinking more.

During a ten-year-long study (from 2002-2012) the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) discovered that the number of women who claimed they'd consumed an alcoholic drink within the last 30 days increased from 45 percent to 48 percent. The percentage of men who reported the same thing decreased from 57.4 percent to 56 percent.

In addition, women are drinking more days per month than before, from an average of 6.8 days to 7.3 days. Conversely, men are drinking fewer days, 9.9 days down to 9.5 days.

Researchers believe that this increase in female alcohol consumption is largely due to the rise of binge drinking, especially among college-age women. Aaron White of the NIAAA explained, "Males still consume more alcohol, but the differences between men and women are diminishing."

You can check out more information on the study here.