SEOUL, Oct. 16 (Korea Bizwire) — The number of teenagers suffering from alcoholism has been on the rise, with the total receiving treatment hitting 7,800 over the past five years, data showed Monday.
According to the Health Insurance Review and Assessment Service data submitted to the National Assembly, teens categorized as alcoholics increased from 2012 through 2016.
The numbers have generally been on a steady ascent from 1,415 in 2012 to 1,304 in 2013, 1,588 in 2014, 1,728 in 2015 and 1,767 in 2016, the data showed.
The data showed that 29.2 percent of such alcoholic adolescents were considered at high risk. High risk is viewed as a person drinking more than 8.8 shots of the Korean distilled liquor soju in one sitting for males and 5.9 for female.
The latest findings also showed that the number of female teenagers suffering from alcoholism jumped from 590 in 2012 to 716 in 2016, while that for males increased from 825 to 1,006 during the cited period.