26 Alcoholics in Korea File Lawsuit against Soju Makers

Lee Tae-hoon
Written by Lee Tae-hoon

A group of “soju addicts” in Korea have filed a lawsuit against two soju companies and related entities for the alleged “failure to warn the dangers of drinking alcohol,” according to local media reports on Wednesday.

The news reports claim that 26 alcoholics filed a lawsuit with the Seoul Central District Court, requesting 2.1 billion won ($2.06 million) in compensation from the two leading soju makers Hite Jinro and Muhak as well as the Korea Alcohol Industrial, the central government, the National Health Insurance Service and the Korea Alcohol & Liquor Industry Association.

“We have become alcoholics because they failed to warn the dangers of alcohol,” a plaintiff was quoted as saying.

“Liquor companies carry out massive advertisement campaigns, but their warning labels on liquor bottles are too small to read.”

The complainants also reportedly demanded that the government launch a public awareness campaign to raise awareness about alcohol addiction.

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Lee Tae-hoon

Lee Tae-hoon

Lee Tae-hoon is publisher at The Korea Observer. He previously worked for the Korea Times and Arirang TV. You can reach him at

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