Issues of Korean Alcohol Policy Perspectives

  • Sungsoo Chun
  • Michael E. Welch
  • Mary Shin


It is necessary to establish a comprehensive alcohol control policy in Korea because statistics on alcohol-related cases show a rise in deaths and injuries, and social economic loss resulting from alcohol-related causes. Korean Alcohol Policy (KAP) focuses on the protection of the traditional and domestic liquor industry as primary tax revenue while it aims to act as an administrative body to minimize damage from alcohol abuse. KAP utilizes the liquor license system, taxation, drink-driving countermeasures, control on legal drinking age, regulating alcohol advertisement, and a passive education program to control private and public alcohol consumption, distribution, and manufacturing. The following recommended changes are proposed: stricter and effective control of the liquor wholesale and retail system; reform of the present tax system to adopt an earmark tax; prompt conservative advertisement guidelines; implementation of a compulsory education program on moderate drinking; and establishment of a national professional committee to regulate alcohol policy.


Alcoholic Beverage Rice Wine Alcohol Policy National Health Promotion Food Sanitation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Korean Institute on Alcohol Problems, Sahmyook UniversitySeoulKorea

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