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  • Colocelt
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    • December 10, 2010, 09:20:26 am
    • South Korea
Bottoms Up, and Up and Up (Drinking in Korea)
« on: March 04, 2011, 10:09:14 am »
Bottoms Up, and Up and Up (Source)

Quote from: Korea Realtime
Bottoms Up, and Up and Up
Bloomberg News
An employee at Jinro Ltd. works on a production line for soju, the most popular alcoholic beverage in South Korea. 2009 file photo.
No news here, but there’s a lot of drinking going on in South Korea.

Data from two sources – one inside the country and one outside – shows just how much.

The Korea Alcohol and Liquor Industry Association reported this week that Korean adults drank an average of 81 bottles of soju and 86 bottles of beer last year. For those outside South Korea, soju is a distilled beverage that is a cheap and fast way to get drunk.

The trade group made its estimates based on the production output of its member brewers and distillers. In raw numbers, soju production was up 0.3% last year to 3.27 billion bottles. Beer production was up 0.6% to 3.45 billion bottles.

The World Health Organization took a look at drinking in its member countries from the standpoint of consumption. In a detailed report last month, it found South Korea ranks near the top of all countries on alcohol consumption.

For the years 2003-2005, the WHO found that South Koreans drank an average of 14.8 liters of alcohol, compared to 8.03 liters in Japan and 9.44 liters in the U.S.

The WHO found that 81% of total alcohol consumption was in the form of spirits (likely due to the huge popularity of soju), with beer accounting for 18% and wine 1%.

There’s little way to square that with the trade group’s figures, even with the different timeframes. Casual observers of the South Korean drinking scene notice that soju is consumed more than beer. But soju bottles would have to be a lot larger than beer bottles for such 4-to-1 disparity with the trade group’s data. Instead, they’re usually smaller. Given high prices for other spirits, they are consumed far less than the cheap stuff.

Probably something we already knew (even if you are not a drinker)


Re: Bottoms Up, and Up and Up (Drinking in Korea)
« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2011, 08:19:16 am »
Gotta love any news article that starts with "No news here, but there’s a lot of drinking going on in South Korea."

Re: Bottoms Up, and Up and Up (Drinking in Korea)
« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2011, 08:24:34 am »
Hahahaha, I love this.

I think it is sad to say, but I think I have drank more than 84 bottles of soju each year i have been here :-(

  • confusedsafferinkorea
  • Waygook Lord

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    • October 08, 2010, 01:02:32 pm
    • Zhubei, Hsinchu County, Taiwan (not part of China)
Re: Bottoms Up, and Up and Up (Drinking in Korea)
« Reply #3 on: April 11, 2011, 08:32:07 am »
I find it totally ironical that there are such lax laws on alcohol consumption here but yet Koreans are not allowed to gamble.

I am a cyclist and often my biking involves early morning rides (5am) and when I am making my way down to Hangang Park I am totally bowled over by the number of drunk people stumbling around and throwing up at that time of the morning and even more amazed to see people sitting outside 7 Elevens consuming large amounts of Soju at 5 am. 

I think that if they had laws about when and where you can buy alcohol, like most other countries, we would not see such a lot of public displays of alcohol abuse.

I am not for one minute suggesting it will solve the problem but it will certainly discourage the open public abuse of alcohol if selling hours and locations were more regulated.
There is no known medical cure for stupidity!

  • daej83
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    • September 05, 2010, 08:08:53 pm
    • South Korea
Re: Bottoms Up, and Up and Up (Drinking in Korea)
« Reply #4 on: April 11, 2011, 08:39:05 am »
I think as a whole Korean alcohol consumption dosent even come on a par with what you see in England. I'd rather see some old bloke sleeping in the street using a briefcase as a pillow (ive seen this in korea) than two idiots trying to beat the crap out of someone on his way to work (ive seen this in England)!