2010-2016 High-risk Drinking Rate by Sex for the Population aged 19 and Over
Through the National Health Statistics of the Ministry of Health and Welfare and the Korea Center for Disease Control and Prevention, high-risk drinking rates of people aged 19 years and over are divided into sex. The high-risk drinking rate is the ratio of having more than 7 glasses of alcohol for male and 5 glasses for female, twice a week.
By 2016, high-risk drinking rate for female was 5.4% and for male was 21.4%. Looking at the trends in high-risk drinking rates by sex since 2010, compared to female which is around 5%, for male, it was around 20% which is 4 times higher than that of female. For women, the figure dropped 0.7% p from 5.1% in 2010 to 4.4% in 2011, and then increased by 0.9% p in 2011, to 5.3%. Since then, it have repeatedly increased and decreased slightly reaching 5.1% and 5.4% in 2015 and 2016, respectively.
For males, the high-risk drinking rate in 2010 increased by 1.0% p from 22.1% to 23.1%. And then it slightly decreased to 19.4% in 2013. The high-risk drinking rate increased again to 20.5% and 21.2% in 2015 and 2016, respectively. For the health, everyone should be aware of the dangers of high-risk drinking and try to reduce or abstain from alcohol.