December 26, 2023 08:31
More young women indulge in binge drinking even as men became a little more responsible. The biggest proportion of binge drinkers are men in their 40s and 50s and women in their 20s and 30s.
According to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency, the proportion of heavy drinkers among men dropped from 25.1 percent in 2012 to 23.6 percent in 2021, whereas that of their female counterparts rose from 7.9 percent to 8.9 percent.
Heavy drinking is defined as drinking of more than seven cups of soju for men and more than five cups of soju for women more than twice a week.
Monthly excessive alcohol consumption fell from 61.7 percent in 2012 to 56 percent in 2021 among men, but increased slightly from 31 percent to 31.1 percent among women.
One in every 10 or 10.6 percent of men consume more than seven drinks twice a week and smoke every day.
Some 38.9 percent of men and 36.4 percent of women experienced an alcohol flush or red face, which is common in East Asia due a lack of the enzyme that breaks down alcohol. But some 14 percent of men did not mind that and continues to drink heavily, compared 4.3 percent among women.
Prof. Kim Kwang-kee of Inje University, who conducted the survey, said, "It seems that the rate of alcohol consumption is especially high among young women because they have easy access to low-alcohol drinks or fruit liqueurs and it's become more acceptable for women to be seen drinking."
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