Women Drink More Heavily Than Men

  • By Choi Won-woo

    December 22, 2017 12:31

    Koreans are drinking more than what they consider a moderate amount of alcohol, a survey suggests.

    Many people actually drink on average 6.1 shots of soju even if they believe that an average of 4.3 shots is a moderate amount, according to the poll of 2,000 people over 15 published by the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety on Thursday.

    Respondents on average considered 4.2 glasses of beer, 2.4 glasses of makgeolli or rice wine and 2.6 100 ml-glasses of wine a moderate amount for them. But they actually drank 4.8 glasses of beer, 2.9 glasses of makgeolli, or 3.1 glasses of wine.

    Women especially drank more than what the World Health Organization considers moderate, but men less except for soju. "It seems that women have taken to drinking as an increasing number of them have jobs," a ministry official said.

    The proportion of people who have drunk to excess within last six months to a point that it can damage their health has slightly fallen from 58.3 percent last year to 57.3 percent this year.

    Among people in their 30s, the proportion of high-risk drinkers rose from 62.4 percent to 66.3 percent, but other than that it fell in all age groups -- from 65.2 percent to 63.5 percent among 20-somethins, from 62 percent to 59.4 percent among 40-somethings and from 57.8 percent to 52.6 percent among 50-somethings.

    Younger people seem to have developed a taste for shots that get them drunk quickly, especially boilermakers. Some 55.7 percent of those in their 20s have drunk boilermakers compared to 50.1 percent last year, and among 30-somethings the proportion also shot up from 42.9 percent to 54.5 percent. But among people in their 40s the popularity of boilermakers is on the wane.

    Asked what the allure is, 23.1 percent said because it makes the atmosphere at a dinner or party cozier and friendlier.

    By far the preferred mix was soju mixed with beer at 93.7 percent.

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