I once wrote that I learned to drink alcohol in Korea. I didn’t drink back home since my father was an alcoholic (as in he drinks almost everyday) and I was afraid that it could be in our genes (?). My father was never in an alcohol rehab. Alcoholism is not something people recognize and get treatment for where I came from. I firmly believe though that people should recognize when it is a problem and should be treated for it.
FYI, “soju” or the Korean alcohol is the number one selling spirits in the world yet there are only about 48 million Koreans in the planet. Almost every legal aged individual here drinks on occasion, including my mom-in-law who’s almost 70. Where I came from, it’s vulgar for women to drink. I don’t even remember my mother drinking anything alcoholic. She had the will not to accept any when she was here twice.
Recognizing a problem with alcohol is not well accepted because of the drinking culture. Salarymen drink almost every night and yet you can’t really say that they are alcoholic, socially speaking that is. Men and women drink after a climb in the mountain. Soju and beer are served on birthdays and wedding banquets (which are usually held in daytime). When families meet, it’s inevitable that there will be alcohol on the table.
I once asked my husband if there is an alcohol rehabilitation center in the country. He wasn’t sure or he didn’t know if there is any.