Additional College Students Drink More Heavily

Trevor Koo, March 28, 2018, 9:29 a.m.

College students drink less overall but more heavily when they do, a survey suggests. Some 41.4 percent of male college students drink more than 10 shots of liquor at a sitting, nearly double the proportion of male adults overall, which is 21.2 percent, according to the survey of 5,024 college students across the country by Park Eun-cheol at Yonsei University.

The proportion is up 1.3 times from 35.4 percent in 2009.

Among female college students, 32.8 percent were heavy drinkers, more than double the 15.5 percent in 2009 and more than five times the 6.2 percent among all women.

But college students drink slightly less frequently than before. Monthly alcohol consumption dropped about 10 percentage points, from 87.9 percent in 2009 to 78 percent in 2017 for male students and from 82.6 percent to 72.9 percent for females.

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