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Type of alcoholic beverage and high-risk drinking: How risky is beer drinking in Korea?

Authors
 Woojin Chung 
Citation
 ALCOHOL AND ALCOHOLISM, Vol.39(1) : 39-42, 2004 
Journal Title
ALCOHOL AND ALCOHOLISM
ISSN
 0735-0414 
Issue Date
2004
MeSH
Adult ; Alcohol Drinking/epidemiology ; Alcohol Drinking/ethnology* ; Alcoholism/epidemiology ; Alcoholism/ethnology* ; Beer* ; Female ; Humans ; Korea/epidemiology ; Male ; Odds Ratio ; Risk
Abstract
AIMS: To examine the association of beverage type with high-risk drinking in Korea. METHODS: Data were analysed from the Korea's 1997 behavioural risk factor surveillance system survey collected by a stratified random sampling method (n = 1045). After alcohol consumption per drinking day was categorized into three risk levels for short-term or 'acute' harm on the basis of the World Health Organization's guidelines, logistic regression analysis adjusting for socio-demographic factors was performed for each beverage type. RESULTS: Using beer drinkers as the reference, those who drank soju (the most widely consumed traditional beverage in Korea) showed an adjusted odds ratio (OR) of 3.62 [95% confidence interval (CI) = 2.28-5.76] for high and very high risk from drinking and those who drank spirits had adjusted OR of 10.65 (95%CI = 4.32-26.27). CONCLUSIONS: In Korea, unlike in many western countries, beer is not the highest risk beverage. The relatively high price of beer in Korea is likely to be one influence. It is concluded that country-specific differences are important in studies on associations between alcoholic beverage types and high risk drinking.
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DOI
10.1093/alcalc/agh015
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4. Graduate School of Public Health (보건대학원) > Graduate School of Public Health (보건대학원) > 1. Journal Papers
Yonsei Authors
Chung, Woo Jin(정우진) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2090-4851
URI
https://ir.ymlib.yonsei.ac.kr/handle/22282913/112751
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