Korean Adults Drink 1.5 Bottles of Soju Every Week

Korean adults drink six bottles of soju, the nation's favorite distilled liquor, and seven bottles of beer per person every month on average, a new report reveals.

The Korea Alcohol and Liquor Industry Association said on Wednesday that it surveyed 1,800 adults across the country about liquor consumption. The result showed that one person drank an average of 5.8 bottles (360 ml per bottle) of soju, 7.2 bottles (500 ml) of beer and two bottles (750 ml) of makgeolli (Korean rice wine) per month.

Among the respondents, 87.5 percent of men and 65.7 percent of women answered that they consumed alcohol more than once a month.

The most popular alcoholic beverage was soju, with 47.8 percent, followed by beer (35.5 percent) and makgeolli (3.9 percent) over the past year.

Asked what first came to mind when they thought of alcohol, 60.2 percent of the respondents said soju, while 28.8 percent picked beer. Only 1-3 percent said whiskey, wine or makgeolli.

englishnews@chosun.com / Dec. 22, 2011 09:40 KST