More and more people drink alone as the single population grows, a survey suggests.
The nationwide survey of 2,000 people between 20 and 49 by the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety found that two-thirds or 66.1 percent have had a drink by themselves in the last six months.
Some 25.5 percent of them said they drink alone more often than in the previous six months.
If they drink alone they drink mostly beer, followed by soju, fruit wine, rice wine or makgeolli, and whiskey.
On average, they drink four glasses of beer in one sitting (200 ml), 5.7 cups of soju (50 ml), 2.6 glasses of fruit wine (100 ml), 2.7 cups of makgeolli (200 ml), or 3.1 glasses of whiskey (30 ml).
Most said they drink alone because they can be undisturbed, and the vast majority drink at home. Some 37.9 percent drink more than the high-risk alcohol consumption level set by the World Health Organization of 8.8 cups of soju for men and 5.9 cups for women.
More women (40.1 percent) than men (36.1 percent) drink over the recommended limit.