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(Quartz)   If you think vodak-swilling Russkis are the hardest-drinking people in the world, you don't know soju   (qz.com) divider line 61
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2014-02-03 06:43:01 AM  
"A problem with the way South Koreans drink is that they drink fast to get drunk fast,"

Problem? I'm already scheduling my next vacation.
 
2014-02-03 07:02:48 AM  
Soju is weak shiat.

How much does that work out to when you are only counting actual alcohol and not the nebulous "shots"?
 
2014-02-03 07:11:52 AM  
Ah, formeldahyde, what can't it do?
 
2014-02-03 07:18:45 AM  
Already been covered, but Soju tends to be 20-25%, and Vodka tends to be 40-50%. So basically, at best, they're saying that Koreans are just as drunk as Russians.
 
2014-02-03 07:24:34 AM  

bakarocket: Already been covered, but Soju tends to be 20-25%, and Vodka tends to be 40-50%. So basically, at best, they're saying that Koreans are just as drunk as Russians.


I've known a handful of servicemen who've served in Korea. Soju can be 20-25%, but you can also find stuff that's much stronger.
 
vpb [TotalFark]
2014-02-03 07:27:43 AM  
Notice that they had to leave Australia off of the list.
 
2014-02-03 07:39:07 AM  
Never ever drink soju. Never ever.
 
2014-02-03 07:41:41 AM  
According to WHO data, this is BS.
Link
 
2014-02-03 07:41:46 AM  

verbaltoxin: bakarocket: Already been covered, but Soju tends to be 20-25%, and Vodka tends to be 40-50%. So basically, at best, they're saying that Koreans are just as drunk as Russians.

I've known a handful of servicemen who've served in Korea. Soju can be 20-25%, but you can also find stuff that's much stronger.


Sure. You can also find vodka that 80% and beer that's 15%, but most people have nothing to do with that crap. Most people drink Soju that's about 20%.
 
2014-02-03 07:42:50 AM  

verbaltoxin: I've known a handful of servicemen who've served in Korea. Soju can be 20-25%, but you can also find stuff that's much stronger.


My experience of drinking in Korea with Koreans is that the lighter stuff is basically what they drink.  Makes you feel like a superhero.  LOOK AT ALL THE SHOTS I CAN DO!!!!1
 
2014-02-03 07:43:59 AM  

bakarocket: verbaltoxin: bakarocket: Already been covered, but Soju tends to be 20-25%, and Vodka tends to be 40-50%. So basically, at best, they're saying that Koreans are just as drunk as Russians.

I've known a handful of servicemen who've served in Korea. Soju can be 20-25%, but you can also find stuff that's much stronger.

Sure. You can also find vodka that 80% and beer that's 15%, but most people have nothing to do with that crap. Most people drink Soju that's about 20%.


And this is it:
www.jinrousa.com
24%
 
2014-02-03 07:44:18 AM  

vpb: Notice that they had to leave Australia off of the list.


Do Australians do a lot of shots? Like us I think of them as beer drinkers.
 
2014-02-03 07:47:57 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: bakarocket: verbaltoxin: bakarocket: Already been covered, but Soju tends to be 20-25%, and Vodka tends to be 40-50%. So basically, at best, they're saying that Koreans are just as drunk as Russians.

I've known a handful of servicemen who've served in Korea. Soju can be 20-25%, but you can also find stuff that's much stronger.

Sure. You can also find vodka that 80% and beer that's 15%, but most people have nothing to do with that crap. Most people drink Soju that's about 20%.

And this is it:
[www.jinrousa.com image 449x814]
24%


Yep. You get that here too. It's like Korea's Foster's or Johnny Walker, except that people in the home country actually drink it.
 
2014-02-03 07:51:29 AM  
Rubbing alcohol is cheaper and tastes better. Sorghum alcohol is just crap.
 
2014-02-03 07:56:57 AM  
This is the stuff  >>>img.sbs.co.kr

And sometimes it's just chugged down...

dimg.donga.com
 
2014-02-03 08:14:18 AM  
Vodak? Honestly, it 2014, use a browser with spell check. And who is reviewing these posts anyway?
 
2014-02-03 08:21:41 AM  

Guy Who Doesnt Get The Joke: Vodak? Honestly, it 2014, use a browser with spell check. And who is reviewing these posts anyway?


Apt /apt/ adjective: appropriate or suitable in the circumstances
 
2014-02-03 08:23:17 AM  
South Koreans drink a farkton. As people have pointed out, soju isn't exactly cask strength whisky. Nevertheless, they tend drink a boat load of their shiatty lagers at the same meals as heavy soju consumption.

They just can't seem to hold it very well...
 
2014-02-03 08:25:14 AM  

vpb: Notice that they had to leave Australia off of the list.


Disregarding something that is 2 or more standard deviations away from the mean isn't uncommon in stastical analysis.
 
2014-02-03 08:27:17 AM  
I have seen Japanese people drink 100 proof (they called it Sochu, not sure it is the same thing as this soju). It was a bunch of Americans and and Japanese drinking together, and we had no doubt in our mind who won.
 
2014-02-03 08:27:35 AM  
Actually, Uganda, ironically enough, has the highest population of heavy drinkers on Earth.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zL3UHF5SlEU

Feel free to have a laugh too if YT plays that corny ass Bud Light ad beforehand.
 
2014-02-03 08:32:45 AM  

Guy Who Doesnt Get The Joke: Vodak? Honestly, it 2014, use a browser with spell check. And who is reviewing these posts anyway?


Good one.
 
2014-02-03 08:33:51 AM  
There is a Korean TV show on Netflix, called Dr. Jin. A time travel story where a modern doctor gets sent babk in time to 1800's imperial Korea. I really liked it. as sort of a Samurai/timetravel story.

Now, I think one of the gimmicks of the show was the use of real medical training devices as stand-ins for surgery on-screen. Show the knife cutting, Show the blood squiting.Dr. Jin does A LOT of surgery back then. An much of it takes place full on in the shoot. I think that was supposed to be one of the themes of the show, to show the viewers what real medicine was about. They seemed to take care that it be somewhat medically true.

So one thing stands out to me as an exception, on that show was that Dr. Jin was distilling sojo to make a general inhalant anesthetic. Wtf. Ethanol does not work that way.

/well, that aspect and the earwig scene.
 
vpb [TotalFark]
2014-02-03 08:33:55 AM  

Slaxl: vpb: Notice that they had to leave Australia off of the list.

Do Australians do a lot of shots? Like us I think of them as beer drinkers.


I do too, but these things usually mean liquor as alcohol and one glass of alcohol counts as one "standard alcoholic drink"
 
2014-02-03 08:41:36 AM  
Nothing like a big hooch party at Osan with Oscar Champagne and Soju
 
das
2014-02-03 08:46:15 AM  

highbrow45: Guy Who Doesnt Get The Joke: Vodak? Honestly, it 2014, use a browser with spell check. And who is reviewing these posts anyway?

Good one.


Really. Bad troll or newhere.jpg.????
 
2014-02-03 08:47:23 AM  
I've never seen anyone drink as proficiently as Czechs.
 
2014-02-03 08:50:19 AM  

stanwill2: Nothing like a big hooch party at Osan with Oscar Champagne and Soju


Peach Oscar for the wi.... blaaarrrrrgg
 
2014-02-03 08:52:54 AM  
Straight soju will knock you on your ass.  That is all.

/Camp Pelham, 85-86
 
2014-02-03 08:55:35 AM  

traylor: According to WHO data, this is BS.
Link


The WHO data is alcohol consumption.

TFA is 'hard' alcohol consumption.. wine and beer aren't included, thus why France and Germany and the US are lower than you would expect.
 
2014-02-03 08:57:09 AM  
Soju is like 99% water, so it takes a lot of "shots" to equal one shot of vodak
 
2014-02-03 09:12:23 AM  

Slaxl: vpb: Notice that they had to leave Australia off of the list.

Do Australians do a lot of shots? Like us I think of them as beer drinkers.


In all actuality, it's a very wine loving culture, though beer is also a staple.  Taxes on booze are already steep over there, but more so on spirits; expensive place to drink unless your paycheck comes in A$.
 
2014-02-03 09:30:36 AM  
csb

My Korean wife & I visited her parents after we got married. My father-in-law offered me a shot of Soju, which I accepted. He offered another, which I accepted. I was on an empty stomach and not much of a drinker to start with and was feeling the effects. He offered me another, and I did not want to give offence, so I accepted it. Two more and I was starting to get pretty drunk. I asked my wife if I could decline without offending him and she said by all means, and in fact during this time he had asked her if I was an alcoholic, and why did I keep drinking all this soju, as it was only lunchtime? As it turned out he didn't want to offend me by not offering me more.
 
2014-02-03 09:38:11 AM  
Well, yeah. I can give my 8 year-old a can of 3.2% beer and watch her go six sheets to the wind. That doesn't mean the beer is awesome. It just means my 8 year-old has the tolerance of an Asian.
 
2014-02-03 09:41:10 AM  

Guy Who Doesnt Get The Joke: Vodak? Honestly, it 2014, use a browser with spell check. And who is reviewing these posts anyway?


Please tell me this isn't going to be "your thing".

/pretty lame, Millhouse
 
2014-02-03 09:45:12 AM  
Just the thought of a soju hangover gives me the feeling that I should be embarrassed about something, but I can't remember what.
 
2014-02-03 09:58:17 AM  

das: highbrow45: Guy Who Doesnt Get The Joke: Vodak? Honestly, it 2014, use a browser with spell check. And who is reviewing these posts anyway?

Good one.

Really. Bad troll or newhere.jpg.????


Look at his handle, it's his shtick (and a pretty funny one, I might add).  Unless I just got trolled too -- you never can tell how many levels deep the trolls go around here these days.
 
2014-02-03 09:59:31 AM  
Poland not on the list?  I call this list bullshiat.
 
2014-02-03 10:00:33 AM  

nmathew01: South Koreans drink a farkton. As people have pointed out, soju isn't exactly cask strength whisky. Nevertheless, they tend drink a boat load of their shiatty lagers at the same meals as heavy soju consumption.

They just can't seem to hold it very well...


Soju is merely the second course in Korean drinking culture. The first course is beer (standard lager), the second soju, and then the final event of the evening is whiskey (followed by a trip to the "barber shop", massage parlour, or "club")
And I've seen many a small Korean drink large, burly, American self-professed "drinkers" under the table.
 
2014-02-03 10:14:25 AM  
Once drank a whole bottle of soju on an empty stomach. Woke up on the floor in my own vomit the next morning.

/and this is coming from a guy that has rum+cokes on a semi-regular basis
//mother thought I was dying and brother was all 'congrats on your first time getting shiatfaced'
///csb
 
2014-02-03 10:15:55 AM  
IIRC (I was there 30 years ago), the lunch carts served that shiat in 12 oz bottles (or whatever the metric equivalent is). They popped the cap and drank it like soda. Nasty stuff.
 
2014-02-03 10:20:04 AM  
I think I'll stick to beer. thanks
 
2014-02-03 10:36:47 AM  

mayIFark: I have seen Japanese people drink 100 proof (they called it Sochu, not sure it is the same thing as this soju). It was a bunch of Americans and and Japanese drinking together, and we had no doubt in our mind who won.


I haven't met many Japanese people who can drink more than a couple of beers before turning bright red and nodding off.  I go drinking with some of the salarymen that I teach once in a while.  They drink 3-4 times a week and I consume more than a single can of beer in one sitting maybe once a month.  They're toast before I even notice I've been drinking.  The only Japanese person I've met who could drink heavily was actually a woman, who could knock back an astonishing volume of hard liquor while smoking a pack of cigarettes and seem as if she'd just woken up and taken a refreshing shower.
 
2014-02-03 10:38:14 AM  

foo monkey: Never ever drink soju. Never ever.


Sonofabiatch that stuff made my head pound. POUND! As in "Gee, I kind of wish I could kill myself to get out of this pain..."
 
2014-02-03 10:40:25 AM  

snake_beater: Once drank a whole bottle of soju on an empty stomach. Woke up on the floor in my own vomit the next morning.

/and this is coming from a guy that has rum+cokes on a semi-regular basis
//mother thought I was dying and brother was all 'congrats on your first time getting shiatfaced'
///csb


Hahahahaha.  I would not call myself an experienced drinker because I drink rum and cokes on a regular basis.

You, should call yourself a first semester female college freshman at Oral Roberts University.
 
2014-02-03 10:55:05 AM  

verbaltoxin: bakarocket: Already been covered, but Soju tends to be 20-25%, and Vodka tends to be 40-50%. So basically, at best, they're saying that Koreans are just as drunk as Russians.

I've known a handful of servicemen who've served in Korea. Soju can be 20-25%, but you can also find stuff that's much stronger.


I got whole nights missing on account of soju.  That and dongdongju and its cousin makkoli.
 
2014-02-03 11:00:10 AM  

theflatline: snake_beater: Once drank a whole bottle of soju on an empty stomach. Woke up on the floor in my own vomit the next morning.

/and this is coming from a guy that has rum+cokes on a semi-regular basis
//mother thought I was dying and brother was all 'congrats on your first time getting shiatfaced'
///csb

Hahahahaha.  I would not call myself an experienced drinker because I drink rum and cokes on a regular basis.

You, should call yourself a first semester female college freshman at Oral Roberts University.


Yeah, I figured as much.
 
2014-02-03 11:03:47 AM  
Me: One soju!
*drinks bottle of soju*
Me:  One Beer!
*drinks beer*
???
*Wakes up next morning in pool of vomit*
Me: WTF man, I only had one soju and one beer!
Friends:  LOL NOPE
Apparently, I had pounded another bottle of soju at some point after I blacked out.
It was one of two times I've ever blacked out.
And this is why I stopped drinking...

...in excess.
 
2014-02-03 11:14:17 AM  

snake_beater: Once drank a whole bottle of soju on an empty stomach. Woke up on the floor in my own vomit the next morning.


WTF??? Soju has a bit of a kick, but it's not *that* strong. You'd better go get your ovaries checked.
 
2014-02-03 11:25:22 AM  
csb:
I attended a business dinner in South Korea once. About half of the two dozen or so people present were Korean with the rest of us a combination of Aussies, Americans, and Turks. Our hosts kept standing up and offering toasts. For each toast one was supposed to down the shot of soju. There was toast after toast after toast after... this went on for hours as multiple meal courses were eaten. Eventually we were asked whether we wanted to have the main course now or just drink more soju. The table loudly voted for soju.

Finally with everyone thoroughly intoxicated, the company had passenger vans pull up and take us to a karaoke bar for more drinking and yes, singing. The Korean chief engineer was so drunk that he keeled over at the karaoke bar and took a nap for awhile... seemed okay when he woke up later. The Aussies said he usually did that when they had one of these dinners.

So yes, they drink a hell of a farking lot...
 
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