Drinking Culture of Elderly Korean Immigrants in Canada: A Focus Group Study

  • Wooksoo KimEmail author
Original Article


The purpose of this study was to explore the drinking culture of elderly Korean immigrants in Canada. Using a focus group approach, qualitative data were collected from 19 elderly Korean immigrants (14 men; 5 women) residing in Canada. Data were analyzed using the techniques of grounded theory. The findings indicated that elderly Korean immigrants did not dramatically change their understanding of drinking or their ways of drinking. Instead, they modified their drinking behavior in accordance with the social and legal environment of their new country. In particular, Canadian alcohol policies, including the higher cost of alcohol, lower accessibility, and strict law enforcement, discouraged excessive drinking. Policy implications and recommendations for future research are presented.


Acculturation Alcohol Canada Elderly Korean immigrants Drinking culture Focus group 



This study was partially supported by the Les Brun Research Endowment Fund through the Buffalo Center for Social Research, University at Buffalo, School of Social Work. The author would like to thank the Korean elders who participated in the project.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Social WorkUniversity at Buffalo, The State University of New YorkBuffaloUSA

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