Alcohol consumption and use norms among Chinese Americans and Korean Americans

J Stud Alcohol. 1994 Mar;55(2):203-6. doi: 10.15288/jsa.1994.55.203.


Homeland (Taiwan) Chinese are very low in alcohol consumption, while homeland Koreans are very high in alcohol consumption. Neither Chinese Americans nor Korean Americans constitute a large portion of the residents of Hawaii, but across four surveys, data were obtained from 212 Chinese-American and 72 Korean-American college students or students' parents. Persons from these groups do not differ greatly. Korean Americans are slightly higher in reported alcohol use and in judgments of the nature of normal alcohol use. The two groups do not differ in their judgments of the nature of problem alcohol use.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Aged
  • Alcohol Drinking / psychology*
  • Alcoholism / epidemiology*
  • Alcoholism / psychology
  • Asian Americans / psychology
  • Asian Americans / statistics & numerical data*
  • Cross-Cultural Comparison*
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Female
  • Hawaii / epidemiology
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Korea / ethnology
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Sex Factors
  • Social Behavior
  • Social Values*
  • Taiwan / ethnology