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Intake of and attitudes to alcohol and alcoholism: A questionnaire survey among future doctors

  • John J. Sharkey (a1) and Diana Patterson (a2)
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We examined the extent of alcohol misuse among final year medical students and explored their attitudes to their drinking and the drinking of others in order to gain insight into why junior doctors frequently fail to identify alcohol misusers. The questionnaire included AUDIT (Alcohol Use Disorders Investigation Test), personal details and an attitudinal component. Response rate was 92%. Forty-six students (37.8%) scored as alcohol misusers. Teetotallers had a more judgmental attitude towards ‘alcoholism’. Extremes of drinking behaviour among students may affect later patient care.

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Intake of and attitudes to alcohol and alcoholism: A questionnaire survey among future doctors

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