We Knew It: South Koreans Are Pro Ragers

February 17th, 2011 | 10 comments | Posted by Diana

The Economist has released a color-coded map charting the findings of a new report (based on data collected from 2003-2005) issued this week by the World Health Organization, which compares the relative alcohol consumption of people over the age of 15 across the globe. The biggest boozers (averaging more than 12.5 liters of pure alcohol, per person, during the study period) are denoted in red. (Click here to see the complete profile of each country):

As you can see, Europeans really take the rum cake. According to this booze map, those Euros are literally BLEEDING ALCOHOL. Australia and Argentina kinda look like awfully great places to have some good ol’ drunk sex. North Americans make a fairly decent showing with just a blush of pink drink. And the Middle East is, unsurprisingly, clean as a whistle. Then there’s Asia…

Hey, wait a minute, what’s that little bright-red blemish on the edge of Asia?


Dude. YES. We knew those mofos could party!!!!! Let us all raise a Hite to them!

[Ed. note--Right now, 48 million South Koreans are shaking their heads and muttering, "novices."]

[via The Atlantic]
[The Economist: Daily Chart - Global Alcohol Consumption - Drinking Habits]
[WHO: Global Status Report On Alcohol And Health 2011]

Thanks, David!

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10 Responses to “We Knew It: South Koreans Are Pro Ragers”

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  2. Teamrobhogg says:

    Right now 48 million South Koreans are shaking from a soju hangover.

  3. Diana says:

    @Teamrobhogg Dear heaven, I wish I were one of them.

  4. rockmanj says:

    I remember when I worked over there, my boss got me the drunkest I have ever been in my life; just because he heard I could drink well. It was so bad that I was in a fugue state and ran home barefooted. He heard about that and told me that he trusted me more after seeing me get so tanked and holding it together (in front of him anyway).

    Also, when you go to the doctor there, the forms ask you to indicate alcohol consumption in “bottles of soju”. I kid you not.

  5. Vegan Hello Kitty says:

    Doesn’t surprise me at all. My housemate, who is from South Korea, drinks me under the table frequently…and I lived in Russia for 2 years.

  6. My boyfriend and I work in South Korea, and my manager explained to me that it is very rude to refuse a drink from someone older than you. So, social events work like one big lifetime-long drinking game of Asshole. It is REQUIRED that you get sloshed with your managers. (P.S. soju and beer are wicked cheap here!)

  7. [...] like a lot of soju and maekju! All I have to say is, I know I’ve had my share of alcohol this past [...]

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  9. Seoul_Food says:

    Hey Donna My brother actually quit his job because he got fed up with all the drinking with co-workers/bosses. They would say “let’s go out to eat it’s my treat” then they would always end up drinking.

    I, myself… would love to be in his shoes. :)

  10. [...] I’m disappointed that Korea and its ubiquitous drink, soju, have been ignored. Didn’t ya know that we are Asia’s biggest boozers? [...]

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