SEOUL, Jan. 21 (Korea Bizwire) — According to a survey conducted by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and the Korea Agro-Fisheries & Food Trade Corp., the average frequency of drinking for mainstream consumers was 8.8 days a month, which was the same as the previous year.
The survey was conducted with the participation of 2,000 men and women between the ages of 19 and 59.
While the frequency of drinking was same as that of the previous year, the amount of alcohol consumed has steadily decreased.
Among respondents, 30.5 percent answered that they drink 1 to 4 days a month, 29.7 percent answered 5 to 8 days, and 26.7 percent answered 9 to 16 days, while 13.2 percent drank more than 17 days a month.
Consumption wise, respondents drank an average of 6.3 glasses per drinking session, compared to 6.9 glasses last year.
The average consumption of alcohol at a time is steadily decreasing, as it was 8.3 glasses in 2014, 8.2 glasses in 2015, 7.9 glasses in 2016 and 6.9 glasses in 2017.
The survey further analyzed the preferred drinks of respondents. Beer was consumed the most frequently at 40 percent, followed by soju at 31.3 percent, traditional liquor at 19.2 percent and imported wine at 3.2 percent.
Meanwhile, the ministry predicted that the popularity of the ‘drinking alone’ and ‘light drinking’ trends as a way of showing personality and luxury will continue as they did last year, based on in-depth interviews and discussions with female consumers and shop owners.
It is expected that women in their 20s and 30s will prefer establishments with great ambiance and mood.
With the increased number of single households and cheaper alcohol available, light drinking is expected to continue to gain popularity.
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