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Drug Culture


Say no to alcohol and yes to health

The number of car accidents in Hong Kong is increasing. Unfortunately, many of these accidents are caused by drink driving.

Wednesday, 6 June, 2012, 12:00am


Narcopolis by Jeet Thayil Faber & Faber

26 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Clearer heads

Memories are the dramas of our minds, the bits of our past that are unforgettable because of particular action, suspense or sadness. The day a bar owner in Australia chased me from the pool room of his pub for underage drinking is one of those occasions. I had been going there after school on Fridays with older friends just for the game, not the alcohol.

27 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Bid to make spirits easier to swallow

Thomas Bohrer is known to enjoy a good whisky or grappa, a potent Italian brandy, among friends and clients. But he rarely savours fine spirits in Hong Kong because of the hefty 100 per cent duties.

'When I'm back in Europe, or in Italy, I drink a lot more spirits,' he said.

7 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Drug-testing scheme should be abandoned

The voluntary drug testing of Tai Po high school students never seemed to be the best thought out plan to begin with and the results after six months have proven it to be so: not a single positive test. This is all we have to show for the HK$11 million spent, the hours of lost learning time and the redirected efforts of teachers and social workers.

6 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

The best deterrence for drug abuse: trustworthy information

In his letter ('Get the dealers', April 9), Leung Wai-nok makes an assumption that is increasingly prevalent in the current discourse on drug use: that teenagers take drugs due to peer pressure. Whereas I do not doubt that peers most certainly play a role in teenage drug use, to put it down to such an unclear notion as 'peer pressure' seems worryingly vague.

22 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Brewers, bar staff push safe drinking

A year after tougher drink-driving laws and random breath testing came into force, another brewer is about to join Heineken in printing anti-drink-driving messages on its cans and bottles, and a bartenders' union is launching an internationally accredited course on bar service that will include a section on responsible drinking.

2 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

Police have to sign in as sober

A city in Shandong province is requiring police officers to declare they have not drunk any alcohol at noon when they sign in at 2.30pm, including days when they begin their shifts before noon.

14 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

New Thai drug war will hurt efforts to fight Aids: activists

Health activists and NGOs have warned the Thai government that its new 'war on drugs', launched last week, undermines efforts to combat the spread of HIV/Aids and will drive infected users underground.

9 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

High spirits

In his budget the financial secretary removed the duty on all alcohol except spirits. Do you agree with this decision and do you think it will lead to cheaper beer and wine in bars and restaurants? Write to us

2 Mar 2008 - 12:00am