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Heaviest drinkers in the world: South Koreans
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World Traveler



Joined: 29 May 2009

PostPosted: Sun Feb 02, 2014 10:19 pm    Post subject: Heaviest drinkers in the world: South Koreans Reply with quote

The heaviest alcoholic drinkers in the world were found to be South Koreans and by far so.

They drink so much that they outpace vodka lovers in Russia by a margin of 2:1, according to a survey by Euromonitor.


http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2014/02/116_150871.html
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Chaparrastique



Joined: 01 Jan 2014

PostPosted: Sun Feb 02, 2014 10:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

When you make alcaholism a work obligation then....
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Smithington



Joined: 14 Dec 2011

PostPosted: Sun Feb 02, 2014 10:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Does it take into consideration the millions of religious folk in Korea who don't touch alcohol at all? If it does, and they still rank at the top of alcohol consumption, that's really saying something. Confused
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World Traveler



Joined: 29 May 2009

PostPosted: Sun Feb 02, 2014 10:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It does.

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The survey shows an average South Korean consumes 13.7 shots of alcoholic liquor on a weekly basis


Total alcohol consumed divided by total population equals average alcohol consumption. It's too much (which is really sad).
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andrewchon



Joined: 16 Nov 2008
Location: Back in Oz. Living in ISIS Aust.

PostPosted: Mon Feb 03, 2014 1:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm waiting for a study that says World Traveler voted No 1 Korea hater on Dave's ESL Cafe. Laughing
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World Traveler



Joined: 29 May 2009

PostPosted: Mon Feb 03, 2014 1:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

No such study exists, and if it did, it would be far less applicable to life in Korea than a discussion on alcohol consumption. u drunk brah?!1 술 많이 마셔? 딴말하지 마!
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dairyairy



Joined: 17 May 2012
Location: South Korea

PostPosted: Mon Feb 03, 2014 3:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's not fun drinking or light drinking for social reasons. Plus, it's women drinking, too. This heavy drinking is a crushing burden on families and healthcare costs, in general. Combine it with all of the smoking plus the stressful lifestyles and it's a recipe for a healthcare disaster.



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Does it take into consideration the millions of religious folk in Korea who don't touch alcohol at all?


Hmm, maybe some of them are drinking, too, but secretly. I hate to make that accusation but the numbers show that someone is boozing it up.
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cdninkorea



Joined: 27 Jan 2006
Location: Seoul

PostPosted: Mon Feb 03, 2014 3:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Does this take into account the fact that soju has a lower alcohol percentage (21% is it?) than other liquors like vodka?
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EZE



Joined: 05 May 2012

PostPosted: Mon Feb 03, 2014 4:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm not surprised at the results of the survey, but I'm impressed at how well the Koreans maintain great, slim physiques while drinking at that rate.
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Gravity Wins



Joined: 22 Jul 2013
Location: Suwon

PostPosted: Mon Feb 03, 2014 5:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

cdninkorea wrote:
Does this take into account the fact that soju has a lower alcohol percentage (21% is it?) than other liquors like vodka?


It doesn't appear to. But if their numbers are legit, Korea is still ahead in total alcohol consumption. Let's give vodka double the alcohol of Soju, a generous 42%, and 6.3 shots / person / week would be 12.6 shots of soju / person / week, still less than Korea's 13.7 shots / person / week.
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swashbuckler



Joined: 20 Nov 2010

PostPosted: Mon Feb 03, 2014 5:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

EZE wrote:
I'm not surprised at the results of the survey, but I'm impressed at how well the Koreans maintain great, slim physiques while drinking at that rate.


Don't forget that Korean women are the most beautiful women in the world and Korean people can eat spicy food much better than foreigners and Korea has four distinct seasons. By the way, can you use chopsticks very well?
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swashbuckler



Joined: 20 Nov 2010

PostPosted: Mon Feb 03, 2014 5:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gravity Wins wrote:
cdninkorea wrote:
Does this take into account the fact that soju has a lower alcohol percentage (21% is it?) than other liquors like vodka?


It doesn't appear to. But if their numbers are legit, Korea is still ahead in total alcohol consumption. Let's give vodka double the alcohol of Soju, a generous 42%, and 6.3 shots / person / week would be 12.6 shots of soju / person / week, still less than Korea's 13.7 shots / person / week.


Sojo is vile.
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yodanole



Joined: 02 Mar 2003
Location: La Florida

PostPosted: Mon Feb 03, 2014 9:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I dispute this. The average Korean is much lighter than the average Westerner. We Americans may not drink as much alcohol on a per capita basis as Koreans, but we do drink and we are much heavier.
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Otus



Joined: 09 Feb 2006

PostPosted: Mon Feb 03, 2014 5:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

One thing I've observed in nigh on 19 years living and working in Korea ... Koreans often wildly exaggerate how much they actually drink - and foreigners believe them.
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byrddogs



Joined: 19 Jun 2009
Location: Shanghai

PostPosted: Mon Feb 03, 2014 6:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

andrewchon wrote:
I'm waiting for a study that says World Traveler voted No 1 Korea hater on Dave's ESL Cafe. Laughing


Maybe that study will come out at the same time as the one showing andrewchon voted as the wittiest poster here.
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