, Volume 22, Issue 1, pp 7-24

Alcohol Consumption Decisions in Korea

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Data from the 1996 Korean Household Panel Study and a double-hurdle model were used to analyze alcohol consumption decisions in Korea. The Korean most likely to consume alcoholic beverages is a young male, and a college graduate. Among those who drink, being older, male, self-employed, or a farm or fishery worker were positively associated, and higher education levels were negatively associated with consumption level. The findings for gender and education were generally similar to those of studies using U.S. or Canadian data on alcohol consumption. The role of household level economic factors, family composition, and residence in alcohol consumption decisions appears to differ across cultures, however.