Alcoholism is pretty rampant in Korea, with the loose laws around alcohol use (you can even drink in public parks) and the culture that somewhat stigmatizes people who can’t drink as ‘unfun’ or lacking social skills. Alcohol is a big part of the corporate culture here, and many people don’t really see much of a problem with alcohol addiction. An Al-Jazeera article stated Korea as the country with the most alcoholics in the world. That being said, the culture is slowly changing.
Here are a few interesting articles you can read on Korean drinking culture and alcoholism:
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