Hong Kong’s oldest and largest charity group is urging alcohol education in colleges and a ban on the sale of alcoholic beverages on school campuses.
Tung Wah Group of Hospitals, which operates education and community service centers across Hong Kong, said schools should promote awareness of the harmful effects of alcohol after a survey showed more than six in 10 college students had drunk alcohol in the month preceding it, Hong Kong Economic Times reported Friday.
One in 10 consumed at least five cans or glasses of alcohol within hours at least once a day and the same proportion said they passed out due to intoxication.
College students mostly drink beer, with nearly two in 10 saying they consumed alcohol in their dormitories.
The survey was conducted by Tung Wah Group between April and May among 469 respondents.
It found most students drink alcohol due to pressure from their peers and families, depression and as a way to relax.
More than four in 10 said they got their first taste of alcohol from their parents.
Yiu Tze-leung, Tung Wah’s assistant community service secretary, said most parents think their children should be able to drink alcohol but that they should be aware of its harmful effects.
Beer could increase the risk of liver disease, gastric bleeding and esophageal bleeding while spirits could lead to liver cirrhosis, the report said, citing a medical doctor.
Tung Wah has launched a mobile app that helps users measure alcohol in their blood. It is available on iPhones for now.
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