15% of Surgeons Have Alcohol Problems

Health & Family

Percentage of surgeons who have a drinking problem — a higher rate than in the general population — according to survey responses from some 7,000 doctors. Those who showed signs of alcohol misuse or dependency were more likely to have made a major medical error in the previous three months and were also more likely to report depression and burnout. The survey didn’t make clear why surgeons might be more prone to alcoholism, but the high-stress nature of their jobs could be a factor. [via Reuters]

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