Behaviors and Culture of Drinking among Korean People

  • Seungduk KO Dept. of Health Management, Hyupsung University, Suwon City, South Korea
  • Aeree SOHN Dept. of Health Management, Sahmyook University, Seoul, Korea
Keywords: Drinking, Culture, Drinking behavior, Koreans


Abstract Background: The objective of this study was to identify behaviors and culture of drinking alcohol in Korean people. Methods: Among a panel of subjected enrolled in existing domestic survey companies, adults aged 19 to 59 yr old who replied that their drinking frequency was more than once a month for the past one year were selected in 2017. Sample size and methods used for analysis were determined by considering demographically proportioned stratified sampling and monthly alcohol drinking rate. A total of 1,185 subjects (731 males and 454 females) responded to questionnaires. Results: Most drinking behaviors were in the domain of leisure time. Drinking for two or more times a month and binge drinking were mainly concentrated in five occasions types: going out with friends (44.2%), going out with colleague (34.2%), drinking at home or friend’s home with friends (32.9%), drinking at home alone (29.3%), and drinking with meals at home (27.5%). Regarding the ratio of experiences in drinking for subjects according to occupations, ‘Directors/Managers’ who participated in receptions of guests, either hosted by or invited thereto, had the highest percentage (64.2%), followed by ‘Individual Proprietors’ (56.4%). Differences between each type of occupation were found to be statistically significant (P< 0.001). Conclusion: The drinking culture in Korea was characterized by more social drinking than by drinking alone at home. The drinking behavior was often one-shot at a time rather than drinking a little sip. The practices of collective drinking should be improved to avoid secondary harmful effects.    


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How to Cite
KO S, SOHN A. Behaviors and Culture of Drinking among Korean People. IJPH. 47(Supple 1):47-6.
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