My alcoholic father

A man talks on the phone as he looks at the skyline of Shanghai on March 28, 2012. Photo: Reuters

My father’s skin was quite dark, but it still couldn’t hide the scars on the bridge of his nose and on his brow. He had big eyes with long lashes, but the whites of his eyes were yellow. Acquaintances said he had problem with his liver. They were right.

Monday, 17 June, 2013, 3:29pm

Taste of beer triggers reward chemical in the brain, study says

Taste of beer triggers reward chemical in the brain, study says

The taste of beer, even without any effect from alcohol, triggers a key reward chemical in the brain, says a study on how people become hooked on booze. Neurologists at the University of Indiana asked 49 men to drink either their favourite beer or Gatorade, the non-alcoholic sports drink, while their brains were scanned by positron emission tomography (PET). The goal was to look at dopamine, a chemical in a part of the brain called the ventral striatum that gives the sensation of reward.

17 Apr 2013 - 3:31am

Health bites

Health bites

This year's edition of annual charity run Beat the Banana! on March 17 will be a real family affair.

19 Feb 2013 - 9:26am

Gazza's agent warns former soccer star could die if he does not get help

Paul Gascoigne

Terry Baker told BBC radio that Paul Gascoigne, who has battled alcoholism and depression for many years, "immediately needs to get some help".

4 Feb 2013 - 3:30am

Writers bemoan the demon drink

Illustration: Tom Jellett

As the drinkers among us recover from Christmas and approach the traditional January 1 headache, we can take some consolation that we are not alone. Paying the price for the party is nothing new.

Hangovers have been around for as long as alcohol, and for much of that time writers have been recording not only their intoxicated euphoria, but their queasy morning-after penitence, too.

31 Dec 2012 - 4:54pm


Drunk or drug driving totally unacceptable

I am very concerned about the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Recently, a young woman was run over by a motorist who was charged with drug driving. This horrific accident has raised awareness of the issue.

20 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Anti-binge drinking campaign

An alcohol awareness campaign directed at young people -'Binge Drinking ... Knowing the Facts' - has been launched before this month's Hong Kong Sevens.

7 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Health bites

Looks good enough to eat

17 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Too much internet rots teen minds, study claims

Excessive internet use can be as damaging to a teenager's brain as cocaine or alcohol, a study by the Chinese Academy of Sciences concluded.

The findings caused an immediate stir around the world, with one British psychiatrist describing them as groundbreaking.

13 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

BOOK (1971)

Post Office by Charles Bukowski Black Sparrow

1 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Call to crack down on drinking by youths

Doctors and experts are warning that drinking among young Hongkongers is getting out of control.

They are urging the government to get tough by bringing back taxes on wine and light liquor or setting a minimum age for drinking.

1 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Now let's educate public on drink-driving menace

A horrific accident in January last year, in which six men in a taxi were killed by a drunken truck driver at Lok Ma Chau, sparked action on tougher measures to deter drink-driving. Amendments to road safety laws have taken time to pass through the Legislative Council.

13 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Betty Ford Centre provides haven for the rich and famous

If Amina Mariam Bokhary does walk through the doors of Betty Ford Centre in Rancho Mirage, California, she will be following in the footsteps of many of the rich and famous who struggled to keep their demons at bay.

8 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

Brands reluctant to put warning on labels

Warning slogans like 'Don't drink and drive' may not appear on beer and liquor bottles after all, but breweries and producers of other alcoholic drinks have promised to come up with more interesting and effective proposals in about two weeks.

8 May 2009 - 12:00am



by Sam Savage

Phoenix, HK$91

26 Apr 2009 - 12:00am