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My alcoholic father

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

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

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

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

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