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3.3oz Bacchus-F glass bottle

Bacchus (Korean: 박카스) is a non-carbonated South Korean energy drink, first launched in 1963. It has been called Bacchus-D before a change in formula in the 1990s, after which it was known as Bacchus-F. It is manufactured by Dong-A Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., part of the Dong-A Socio Group; and is also distributed in the United States under the Dong-A America Corporation in a 3.3 oz glass bottle (approximately 1/3 the size of a Red Bull).[1]


Bacchus has been popular in South Korea for many years. Originally it was sold in pharmacies as an 'herbal medicine' to prevent colds and cure hangovers, rather than as an energy drink. The use of Bacchus-F amongst college aged adolescents is highly prevalent. [2]

It has recently risen to prominence in American culture alongside other popular energy drinks consumed in combination with alcohol, such as Vodka-Red Bull. The most common form of consumption is the "Bacchus Bomb", which is produced by pouring a full 3.3 oz bottle of Bacchus into a cup and subsequently dropping a shot glass filled with vodka into the cup, with the resulting mixture being consumed as rapidly as possible.[3][4]

The drink's similarity to the older Japanese drink Lipovitan, both in taste and design, has invited some controversy especially in the Japanese community.[citation needed] Currently a similar Thai energy drink from the 1970s known as Krathing Daeng has become even more popular than Lipovitan.[citation needed]


Bacchus contains the following ingredients:[5]

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  1. ^ (Korean) Dong-A Pharmaceutical Co. at Encyclopedia of Korean Culture
  2. ^ (Korean) The nation's drink at the pharmacy, Asia Economics, 2010-04-23. Retrieved 2010-06-27.
  3. ^ (Korean) Bacchus bomb drink at Doosan Encyclopedia
  4. ^ (Korean) New bomb drinks, No Cut News, 2009-06-18. Retrieved 2010-06-27.
  5. ^ - Ingredients

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