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WHO Statistics Show High Level of Alcohol Consumption In Korea

For anyone that has spent significant time in Korea the numbers below should not be surprising:

However, looking at the statistics, while Japan may have alcohol substance abuse problems, it is not nearly as severe as some other nations with similar economies.

We turned to the WHO 2005 figures in their 2011 Global Health Observatory report and compared the drinking habits of Japanese, North Americans, and South Koreans. The figures for South Korea are really quite eye opening. In 2007, the per capita consumption of alcohol in Japan was around 8 liters of pure alcohol per year, versus 9.4 for the USA, and 14.8 for South Korea. Since the South Koreans drink far more hard liquor than the Japanese or Americans, they also have a far higher rate of disease and death because of alcohol.

WHO says that the rate of alcohol use disorders was 2.25% of Japanese men, and 0.13% of women, while in the USA it was double that number, at 5.48% and 1.92% respectively. In South Korea, an astonishing 13.1% of men but just 0.41% of women had problems with alcohol.The death rate by liver cirrhosis is also very telling. In Japan in 2005 it was 11.9 men and 3.6 women per 100,000 people. In the USA it was 13.5 and 6.1, and for South Korea it was 33.1 and 6.9 respectively. In other words, Korea has almost 3 times more people dying from alcoholism than Japan does.  [Japan Inc. via Korea Economic Reader]

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  • tbonetylr
    5:33 pm on April 5th, 2012 1

    The land where drinking and sleeping are actually “hobbies.” :shock:

  • Chemlightbatteries
    5:45 pm on April 5th, 2012 2

    Lol as if this is news to anyone who has spent any significant time in the ROK! Hell, I’d say it is a point of pride for Koreans ha ha! ;-)

  • Liz
    6:19 pm on April 5th, 2012 3

    I remember back when I taught English to business people, one man mentioned his hobbies were ‘drinking and pissing’

    He actually meant drinking a fishing….

  • a98cer
    7:33 pm on April 5th, 2012 4

    Way to go Korea!!!! Beat those Japanese.

  • Leon LaPorte
    7:38 pm on April 5th, 2012 5

    Koreans are light weights, which can be fun; and has gotten many an ESL teacher laid.

  • Truth
    7:51 pm on April 5th, 2012 6

    Korea nubba one again

  • kushibo
    8:48 pm on April 5th, 2012 7

    The real tragedy is that, as corporate culture changes and forced drinking with the boss gradually becomes less common, Korea’s heavy drinkers have to consume even more in order to keep up those national numbers.

    What patriots they are!

  • Conway Eastwood
    10:55 pm on April 5th, 2012 8

    “For anyone that has spent significant time in Korea the numbers below should not be surprising:”

    Heck, for anybody who’s spent ANY time in South Korea. ;-)

    ROFLMAO! :lol:

  • Thomas Lee
    5:17 am on April 6th, 2012 9

    In the USA when one goes out for dinner, the wait staff will ask, “would you like a drink (alcohol) with your dinner?”, whereas in Korea, they ask, “what kind of drink (alcohol) do you want with your dinner?”. It’s already presupposed that you will drink, so they just want to know what kind you want.

  • tbonetylr
    5:28 am on April 6th, 2012 10

    So why can you get kicked out of a S. Korean bar for wanting only drinks? With these WHO stats I’d think it would be the other way around, if you don’t get drinks with your food then bye bye :shock: S. Korea can’t get anything right :roll:

  • Thomas Lee
    5:32 am on April 6th, 2012 11

    #10 – because they make so much money on their cheap anju that they overcharge for.

  • Tom
    7:36 am on April 6th, 2012 12

    Yes, South Korea is a terrible land of alcoholics and drunks. But what about the United States? Why are they the land of drugs, pushers, and crack addicts? Why are there so many ESL’er’s who smoke illegal pot and hash in Korea? Why do you guys love drugs so much? Is it because you want to escape the reality?

  • Zilchy
    12:17 pm on April 6th, 2012 13

    @ #12 Mr. Tommy Ten Times

    “Is it because you want to escape reality” – In some way, shape or form, that is exactly what it is. But don’t think consuming copious amounts of alcohol is any different. That’s just plain DUMB! There are dangers related to all of them. Some more so than others!

  • Ole Tanker
    2:42 pm on April 6th, 2012 14

    BE THE RED!!!
    Face after a drink :cool:

  • kushibo
    2:46 pm on April 6th, 2012 15

    Brilliant, Ole Tanker (#14), brilliant! :lol:

  • Dreamboat Annie
    2:36 am on April 7th, 2012 16

    The ahjoshis around here view “problem drinking” as only a problem when they can’t afford to drink enough to pass out on the sidewalk. Bottoms up, sojuland.

  • Dreamboat Annie
    2:38 am on April 7th, 2012 17

    Who is Tom and why is he the only one not drinking soju at this dinner? Tom, your elders are waiting with their empty glasses. Fill their glasses with soju, ASAP, or lose your job.


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