Alcohol Abuse Statistics in Surgeons | Medical Negligence Health Podcast

Date: 04/05/2012

Surgeons, Alcohol & Medical Negligence

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Before going under the knife, you might want listen to this health podcast about medical negligence. The next 25 minutes could save your life. 

A new study published by the Archives of Surgery reported some alarming alcohol abuse statistics among surgeons in the U.S. A survey found that one out of six surgeons admit to having a problem with alcohol abuse. The survey was sent out to 25,000 surgeons, 7,000 of whom responded.

The alcohol dependence rate among the general population is nine percent. The alcohol abuse rate for surgeons is 15 percent. The study also reports disturbing news correlating alcohol abuse statistics among surgeons and medical negligence and malpractice. Out of 722 surgeons who admitted to making a major medical mistake, a majority--77 percent--admit to having an alcohol abuse problem.