2010-2016 High-risk Drinking Rate by Sex for the Population aged 19 and Over

    Date 2019-01-07


    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.


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