Drinking Etiquette 음주 예절
Alcoholic drinks (sul 술) enjoyed by Koreans include soju (소주), beer (맥주), yangju (양주), and makgeolli (막걸리). Yangju means "Western alcoholic drinks" and refers to Western drinks other than grape wine and beer, such as whiskey, cognac, and so on. Koreans drink soju and beer more than anything else. Makgeolli is a traditional wine made from rice.
- When drinking in a group, pour for those of higher position or age first, then in descending order.
- When someone of higher position pours you a drink, it is considered proper to turn away from that person when you then drink it. While drinking together, others may pour drinks for you to drink, and you should accept these offers. It is not good to be too assertive in encouraging someone else to drink what you would like to pour for them.
- As it is considered rude to refuse to drink altogether, people who do not ordinarily drink alcohol should say "Please pour me just a little," and allow a glass to be poured for you. If the other person continues to encourage you to drink, it is at this point you should tell them that you do not ordinarily drink alcohol, which will not come off as being rude.