Young people in Hong Kong are more rebellious and liberal in their attitudes to drugs, alcohol and casual sex than their counterparts in other Asian countries, a survey has concluded. A total of 4,400 people aged 15 to 29 from eight countries were chosen at random on the streets and shopping malls of Shanghai, Wuhan, Shenyang, Singapore, Manila, Bangkok, Bombay, Kuala Lumpur, Taipei and Hong Kong and asked about their attitudes and lifestyle. It found young people in Hong Kong had a highly liberal outlook and were more rebellious than those in other countries. More than 80 per cent of 500 Hong Kong respondents drank alcohol - the highest in the region. Asked if one-night stands were acceptable, half of young people in the SAR said yes. The question was not allowed to be asked on the mainland. Girls were more open than boys about sex, with more women saying casual sex was acceptable, according to Anna Spence, a senior researcher for Asia Market Intelligence, which conducted the survey on behalf of Star TV and Channel V. 'This is because Hong Kong and Singapore are more Westernised cities, while in India or Malaysia, parental teachings still have a very strong influence,' she said. More than a third of youths polled in Hong Kong said it was all right to take drugs, four per cent more than second placed Thailand. Jasper Donat, commercial director of Channel V, said: 'Most alarming is that more than 75 per cent of young people in Hong Kong said they did not pay any attention to public anti-drugs messages. This is because most of these public messages are boring and authoritarian.' Mr Donat said the Government and the media must improve their public campaign against drug abuse. 'We should think from the point of view of young people and appeal to them in their language. It would be useless to use a 40-year-old's tone to order them not to do this and not to do that.' The survey also found that young people in Hong Kong had a great influence over their mainland counterparts. Most mainland youths were likely to follow their fashion and music choices.