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Subst Use Misuse. 2008 Jul;43(8-9):1078-87. doi: 10.1080/10826080801914212.

Women's alcohol use and alcoholism in Korea.

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School of Social Work, University at Buffalo, New York, USA.


Recently South Korean society has experienced an increase in alcohol use related problems, as well as alcohol use among women. The purpose of this paper is to describe the cultural context of and to summarize the current state of knowledge of women's drinking in South Korea. Subscribing to Confucian principles, traditional Korean society has allowed drinking for men, but not for women. However, as society has changed, contemporary women drink at a younger age and consume larger amounts of alcohol than their prior generations. The current trends suggest an urgent need for research on the etiology and trajectory of women's alcohol use among various populations and the need to develop intervention programs tailored to the specific needs of women.

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