One in four South Korean women binge-drinking
A record 25 per cent of South Korean women binge-drank alcohol in 2016, Ministry of Health and Welfare data showed on Monday.
Nearly half of South Korean women aged over 19 drank more than once a month and consumed an average of five glasses of alcoholic beverages.
Alcohol is an essential part of daily life for many citizens, with South Koreans drinking more hard liquor than anyone else in the world, according to the research firm Euromonitor.
While men were still the more prominent drinkers, figures for men were found to have declined from the previous year’s 54 per cent to 53.5 per cent. Figures for women rose from 23 to 25 per cent.
The increase in the number of female drinkers is attributed to the rise in female employment and the widespread social notion of alcohol consumption as a legitimate way of entertainment and easing pressure after work.
However, women were cautioned to watch how much they drink, as they lack the enzymes that break down the toxin in alcohol, making them more vulnerable to liver-related disease.
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