1 in 4 Korean women found to be ‘binge-drinker’: health ministry report

By Lim Jeong-yeo
  • Published : Nov 6, 2017 - 11:34
  • Updated : Nov 6, 2017 - 11:34
A record 25 percent of the female adult population binge-drank alcohol in 2016, Ministry of Health and Welfare data showed Monday.

Nearly half of Korean women aged above 19 drank more than once a month and consumed an average of five glasses of alcoholic beverages.

While men were still the more prominent drinkers, figures for men were found to have declined from the previous year’s 54 percent to 53.5 percent. Figures for women ascended from 23 percent to 25 percent. 


The increase in the number of female drinkers are interpreted as a natural chain of events following the rise in the number of employed females, and the widespread social notion of alcohol consumption as a legitimate way of entertainment.

However, women are cautioned to watch how much they drink, as they innately lack the enzymes that break down the toxin in alcohol, making them more vulnerable to liver-related disease.

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