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Prevention Is Better Than Cure

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The Asian Association of Addiction Prevention (AAAP) was established in 2018 with the mission to promote addiction prevention among the Asian communities around the globe.


. To promote skills and scientific knowledge of addiction prevention

. To exchange wisdom on addiction prevention and research

. To identify vulnerable groups for resiliency education

. To explore culturally appropriate strategies to address addiction problems

. To share information on addiction prevention with local, Asian and international interested organizations

Professional Service

With local and international experts’ support, the Association provides the following services:

. Addiction research

. Assessment of addictive behavior and comorbid disorders or health problems

. Professional consultation and supervision

. Prevention and educational seminars, workshops, training and talks

We welcome collaboration with private, government and non-governmental organizations.

We provide intensive awareness training, workshops, seminars and talks which cover the following topics:

Addictive behaviors (e.g. addiction to gaming, gambling, drugs, tobacco, alcohol, Internet and sex)

. classification, diagnosis and assessment of addictive behaviors

. development, etiological factors, consequences and impact of addictions

Addictive behaviors and co-occurring health problems

Identification of vulnerable or high-risk groups

Preventive strategies, treatment approaches and intervention models

President Dr. Irene Lai Kuen WONG 黃麗娟博士 (會長)



Vice President Dr. Ernest Moon Tong SO 蘇滿堂博士 (副會長)

PhD, MPhil, MSocSc, LLM (HKU), PgD (UK), CStat (RSS, UK), Dip (HKSYC)


Treasurer Dr. Cheong Hay CHU 朱昌熙博士 (司庫)




International Advisors

Professor Robert Ladouceur, Laval University, Canada
Dr. Rose van Es, Addiction Sociologist, Canada
Dr. Keis Ohtsuka, Victoria University, Australia
Dr. David Chim, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

亞洲防癮學會(Asian Association of Addiction Prevention)於二零一八年成立,致力於為亞洲社群推廣預防成癮問題的事工


1. 推廣預防成癮行爲的知識與技巧

2. 促進交流和研究

3. 辨識脆弱組群,提升抗逆力

4. 探討及設計預防成癮問題的策略

5. 為本港、亞洲及國際組織和不同持份者提供預防成癮問題的資料








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Recent Activities

Dr. Irene Wong attended the 2021 Best Practice Awards presentation ceremony organized by the Hong Kong Council of Social Services in December 2022.

Dr. Cheong Hay Chu reported the major findings of a study on mental health issues at the press conference held jointly with Caritas Family Services in December 2022.

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Opening Event (2018)

Opening Ceremony of 2018-2019 Gambling Awareness Programs and Research Projects Jointly Conducted by AAAP and Caritas Institute of Higher Education. The ceremony was co-organized by Hong Kong Buddhist Association Youth Centre and Hong Kong Swargame.

2018 FIFA World Cup: Campus Gambling Awareness Programs held at Caritas Institute of Higher Education with more than 300 Hong Kong student participants recruited from high schools, colleges, universities and youth centres

Research and Press Conferences (2018-2020)

Study 1 2018 FIFA World Cup: Gambling Problems among Hong Kong College and University Students

The study was jointly conducted by the Asian Association of Addiction Prevention (AAAP) and Felizberta Lo Padilla Tong School of Social Sciences, Caritas Institute of Higher Education (CIHE).
A questionnaire was distributed to 593 students with a response rate of 86%. The rates of lifetime and past-year gambling involvement are 79.6% and 41.8% respectively.
Many (60%) started gambling before 18 years, and 15% met the criteria for lifetime pathological gambling. Risk factors of pathological gambling were identified. The findings shed light on prevention and intervention programs.

Study 2 2018 FIFA World Cup: Problem Gambling among Hong Kong Secondary School Students

The study was conducted by the Asian Association of Addiction Prevention (AAAP) and Felizberta Lo Padilla Tong School of Social Sciences, Caritas Institute of Higher Education (CIHE). A total of 610 secondary school students were distributed a survey questionnaire (response rate: 85%). The rates of lifetime and past-year gambling are 63% and 39% respectively. The lifetime gamblers placed their first bet at 10.1 years, while 9.7% could be classified as pathological gamblers. More than a third reported problem gambling among their family members. Correlates of pathological gambling were identified. The survey results have implication on preventive and awareness programs.

Study 3 2018 FIFA World Cup: Gender Differences in Soccer Betting

The study was conducted by the AAAP and the CIHE. Altogether 1,028 students filled a survey questionnaire. Eight percent of 518 high school students and 20% of 510 tertiary students were attracted to bet on the 2018 FIFA World Cup soccer games. Females were encouraged to play by gambling peers and family members, while males wanted to win money. High school and tertiary students began gambling at 9 and 10 years (mean age) respectively. Many reported problem gambling among their peers and family members.

Study 4 Youth Illegal Gambling in Hong Kong

During 2018-2019, a youth survey and in-depth interviews were conducted by the Asian Association of Addiction Prevention (AAAP) and Felizberta Lo Padilla Tong School of Social Sciences, Caritas Institute of Higher Education (CIHE). A standardized questionnaire was distributed to 1203 students recruited from secondary schools and tertiary institutions. The response rate was 85.5% (581 men and 447 women). One-tenth of the survey participants (10.2%) wagered online at offshore gambling sites in the previous year.

They were involved in illegal gambling as engagement in any gambling activities not authorized by the Hong Kong government is a criminal offence. Hence, gambling at offshore gambling sites was unlawful. Men dominated in illegal gambling (tertiary students: 75%; high school students: 49%). Illegal football betting was the most favorite game (77.5%). Compared with the student gamblers who staked at legal gambling providers, the illegal gamblers were more vulnerable to problem gambling. They also reported higher life dissatisfaction and perceived stress.



Addiction is often characterized by loss of control, tolerance, withdrawal symptoms, and continued use/involvement despite harmful consequences.

Signs of Addiction

Being irritable, anxious, distressing

School or work problems

Sleep disturbance

Financial problems

Missing important activities, duties or engagements

Negative Consequences of Addiction

Poor emotional health

Mental health problems

Deteriorating academic results

Disrupted work performance

Financial difficulties

Legal problems

Low self-esteem

Social isolation

Damaged relationships

Prevention is Better Than Cure

Addiction is preventable by involving targeted vulnerable groups, families, schools and communities in educational programs which focus on the followings:

  •  Awareness of symptoms and signs of addiction
  •  Awareness of risk and harms
  •  Improving resiliency
  •  Enhancing stress management and problem solving
  •  Early identification and assessment
  •  Help-line, referral and service information

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Thank you very much for your support!