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The Country That Drinks The Most...

The Country That Drinks The Most...
The Country That Drinks The Most...

They party hard down in...South Korea?

We'll admit we didn't see this coming - the country that apparently drinks more hard liquor than any other nation is South Korea. (Via TIME)

That's according to data from global marketing research firm Euromonitor International.

Quartz breaks it down - South Koreans drink an average of 13.7 shots a week. And nobody else can even compare - Russia was in second with 6.3 shots per week.

Also in the top five were Thailand, Poland and Japan.

And The Daily Mail gives some insight - "South Korea's unparalleled liquor consumption is almost entirely down to the country's love for the fermented rice spirit Soju."

Drinking Soju is seen as a way of building friendship, especially after a long day's work in a country that works some of the longest hours in the world.

Although Gawker points out that Soju's alcohol content is only 20 percent, while vodka's is 40. So South Korea might be drinking more liquid, but Russians are getting more bang for their buck.

As for the United States - 10th place, with 3.3 shots per week.

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AllTheAnsw February 13 2014 at 6:10 AM

I do that at one sitting !!!!

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hobbs74 February 13 2014 at 4:41 AM

Come on fellow Americans ----- We can top that! ----- USA-USA-USA!

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lwalker527 February 13 2014 at 2:28 AM

Did they pole the Caribbean islands?..

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USUCK2MUCHO February 13 2014 at 1:06 AM

Apparently they didn't pole my ex.

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sandbag7 February 13 2014 at 1:23 AM

Did you pole her?

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teachcoa17 February 13 2014 at 12:39 AM

As a true Irishman I demand a recount

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tucville2002 February 13 2014 at 12:31 AM

Never ever drink hard liquor without a chaser. It quickly damages your prostate gland, faster than you might believe. It is always advisable that you drink hard liquor with juice or water.
Also, if you wish to always have a drink or if even if you love to have an occasional social drink, then it is advisable that you daily use B6 and Zinc supplements with your daily food, because hard liquor quickly depletes the zinc content in your prostate gland, and which results in early impotence and frequent urination.
Please take a careful note of this very free advice which few people will want to tell you. Have a drink, but please be very cautious with your health. Do not over do it.
Let us give thanks and praise to Almighty God Who is the source of all knowledge.
True Faith Believer.

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clocksahead February 13 2014 at 12:35 AM

Even healthier, keep the supplements, increase the exercise, drop excessive eating and eliminate ALL booze. Blessings

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farmist February 13 2014 at 12:48 AM

Light to moderate drinkers live longer than teetotalers.

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mark and sheri February 13 2014 at 12:19 AM

Well, if you had a nut job in the country next to you, kidnapping your citizens, threatening to Nuke you all the time, you might drink a lot too!

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emmett February 13 2014 at 12:09 AM

I love Booker. It is at least 123 proof, but that goes up depending when you buy. I have some at 128 proof. Drink like the old west, shot glass glup it down. wait about 15 min. three drinks and that buzz is starting. Now of course tomorrow is another story lol.

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HI BEAUTIFUL February 13 2014 at 12:08 AM

Really, I find this hard to believe. As a matter of fact, I don't believe it Guess they did not check out very many countries for this study. Maybe they can't stand their North Korean neighbor and are drinking to forget that little pipsqeek is there. In past readings, there are many countries that probably drink that in a day and with higher alcohol content. What they are talking about is a bit like a strong wine. A real non story and why am I addressing this??? I guess I just had to put my 2 cents in to state I don't believe this is for real.

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janedevr February 13 2014 at 12:02 AM

Well, you could have fooled me. you mean, it's not the irish after all/?

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