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Health Insurance Costs for Smoking, Drinking Hit 13 tln Won

Health Insurance Costs for Smoking, Drinking Hit 13 tln Won

SEOUL, Oct. 14 (Korea Bizwire) — Health insurance spending to cover smoking and drinking-related treatments reached 13 trillion won (US$11 billion) from 2016 through 2018, data showed Monday. According to a report submitted to Rep. Jung Choun-sook by the National Health Insurance Service (NHIS) for the ongoing parliamentary audit, annual expenditures, including insurance coverage and [...]

Teenagers Who Drink and Smoke More Likely to Feel Stressed and Depressed

Teenagers Who Drink and Smoke More Likely to Feel Stressed and Depressed

SEOUL, Jan. 22 (Korea Bizwire) — A research team at Yeouido St. Mary’s Hospital in Seoul has conducted a study to analyze the drinking and smoking habits of 1,821 teenagers, with the results reported on Monday. The study showed that teenagers who smoke and drink are more stressed and depressed than those who do not. [...]

South Korea’s Wild Drinking Culture Shifts amid Declining Alcohol Consumption

South Korea’s Wild Drinking Culture Shifts amid Declining Alcohol Consumption

SEOUL, June 2 (Korea Bizwire) – A slow but noticeable change is coming to South Korea’s once fierce and often authoritative drinking culture.  Whiskey sales have struggled with negative growth for eight consecutive years, plummeting from 2.84 million crates (18 500-mililiter bottles) in 2008 to 1.67 million in 2016, while HiteJinro, a major distiller here, [...]

Market for Convenience Bar Snacks Grows with More Koreans “Drinking Solo”

Market for Convenience Bar Snacks Grows with More Koreans “Drinking Solo”

SEOUL, May 23 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korean food companies are introducing convenience bar snacks with the “drinking solo” (or “honsul”) culture spreading fast amongst local drinkers.  Chung Jung One said Monday that it is introducing a new lineup of bar snacks dubbed Anjuya, including boneless chicken feet, spicy pork rinds, and pork entrails. The [...]

Beer Sales on Rise as Consumers Opt for Light Drinking

Beer Sales on Rise as Consumers Opt for Light Drinking

SEOUL, May 2 (Korea Bizwire) – Sales of beer in South Korea are posting robust growth this year, largely backed by strong demand for imported beers, as consumers prefer to have light drinks over a meal instead of heavy liquor, industry sources said Tuesday.  According to data by E-Mart, the country’s largest discount outlet chain [...]