Legal Drinking Age

Call for ban on alcohol sold to youths

SCHOOL principals and drug educators have called on the Government to ban shops from selling alcohol to minors, saying current laws send contradictory messages to Hongkong youths.

Monday, 22 March, 1993, 12:00am

Law restricts police powers

I REFER to the letter headlined, ''Police did nothing'' (South China Morning Post, February 4), in which a correspondent criticised police for not taking action against young drinkers queueing for Rugby Sevens tickets.

11 Feb 1993 - 12:00am

Police did nothing

WHEN will the police and the Hongkong Government stop talking about underage drinking, and start taking action against it? Since the Lan Kwai Fong incident, Hongkong's papers have been filled with articles about what to do about underage drinking, asserting that the law is going to crack down on this problem.

4 Feb 1993 - 12:00am

Underage drinking highlighted

THE problem of underage drinking is expected to feature strongly in Mr Justice Bokhary's preliminary report into the Lan Kwai Fong tragedy, which is due out today.

Sources close to the independent inquiry said Mr Justice Bokhary voiced ''clear concern'' about underage drinking.

The Governor, Mr Chris Patten, has said he intends to make the report public.

18 Jan 1993 - 12:00am

Alcohol ban plan runs into trouble

PROPOSALS to ban the sale of alcohol to minors at all outlets were yesterday described as a potential nightmare for the Government by an official of the Urban Services Department responsible for enforcing liquor licensing policies.

Assistant director Mr Robert Murby said that to licence all premises selling alcohol would be a monumental task.

16 Jan 1993 - 12:00am

Concern at 'route to crime'

POLICE Commissioner Mr Li Kwan-ha has expressed concern that drinking by minors could lead to more juvenile crime or serious youth problems such as drug abuse.

Mr Li, who is a non-drinker, said ''alcohol can impair the judgement and senses'' of young people and that he is strongly against underage drinking.

13 Jan 1993 - 12:00am

Alarm at rising abuse of alcohol by minors as young as 12

THE number of minors abusing alcohol is on the increase, while the age of those drinking is dropping at an alarming rate, say researchers and concern groups.

Children as young as 12 are regularly drinking alcohol in Hongkong, according to the only recent survey published on teenage drinking.

8 Jan 1993 - 12:00am

Underage drinking is under-recognised

TRADITIONALLY, drinking among the young has been seen as an expatriate problem. But this is no longer the case. Alcohol may be the product of Western culture, but more young locals are turning to drink and increasingly, they are under 18, the legal age ofmajority.

8 Jan 1993 - 12:00am