Heavy drinking among alcohol drinkers in South Korea 2018, by age group

In 2018, a survey found that around 18.1 percent of alcohol drinkers in their forties were heavy drinkers. The same survey found that around 76.6 percent of surveyed South Korean aged 19 and above stated that they were drinking alcohol.

High-risk drinking among alcohol drinkers in South Korea in 2018, by age group

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Release date

February 2020


South Korea

Survey time period

2009 to 2018

Number of respondents

6,188 respondents (2,717 male respondents and 3,471 female respondents)

Age group

19 years and older

Special properties

among respondents who had at least one drink within the previous year

Method of interview


Supplementary notes

Definition by source: "This is defined as the percentage of persons who responded that they drank more than seven glasses (or about five cans of beer) in one drinking session in the case of males and five glasses (or about three cans of beer) in the case of females more than twice a week among the persons who have drunk alcohol in the last year (365 days)."

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