Drunken doc on doc action

27 10 2008

Some Australian medical graduates don’t seem to be able to keep themselves out of the medicine cabinet, or the liquor cabinet.

An Australian Medical Association survey found 38% of recent graduates only 2 years into hospital-based traineeship were self medicating, including some who were writing their own prescriptions.

There was also a small, but still measurable minority who were using alcohol as a coping strategy to deal with stress.

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