Help yourself

PUBLISHED : Monday, 29 August, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 29 August, 2005, 12:00am

Wayne Moran, a doctor who runs an addiction clinic in Aberdeen, says about half his patients are people with alcohol dependency.

Many professional Hongkongers work in places where drinking heavily is considered part of the culture.

'There's an acceptance that, when you're not working, it's party time,' Moran says. If you're unsure whether your drinking is problematic, Moran suggests answering these four questions:

Have you ever felt the need to cut down your drinking?

Do you get annoyed when people comment on your drinking?

Do you feel guilty about your drinking?

Do you feel you need to have an eye-opener the day after a heavy drinking session?

'Even if you answer yes to only one of these, it's 80 per cent likely that you have alcohol dependency,' Moran says.

Alcoholics Anonymous has regular weekly meetings throughout Hong Kong. Inquiries: 2971 0837 or go to Chinese translation is available on occasions. Moran can be contacted via