Health authorities have voiced concerns over rising alcohol consumption among youngsters as liquor sellers step up promotional activities in college campuses, Ming Pao Daily reported Friday.
Wine firms are sponsoring student events and other activities inside campuses as part of their efforts to promote their products, without providing adequate warning on the harmful effects of drinking, the newspaper said, citing Dr. Cheng Zhuoduan, a consultant at the Hong Kong Centre for Health Protection.
Since Hong Kong removed the tax on wine and beer in 2008, the average amount of wine consumed per capita in Hong Kong has risen to 2.87 liters in 2012 from 2.6 liters in 2009, the report said.
While the incidence of binge drinking appears to have declined overall, those engaging in heavy drinking among people aged 18 to 24 rose to 9.8 percent in 2012 from 7.4 percent in 2010, it said.
The city’s health department has called on college administrators to help create a zero-wine environment for students, and is studying whether it is necessary to re-levy taxes on wine or set regulations on wine promotion, the report said.
Meanwhile, Liang Liguo, a student with the University of Hong Kong, was quoted as saying that many students do not see anything wrong with occasional drinking, which is part of their social life, as long as it is done responsibly.
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