Alcoholism in physicians

R. G. Niven, R. D. Hurt, R. M. Morse, W. M. Swenson

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The Self-Administered Alcoholism Screening Test was completed by physicians attending an annual continuing medical education meeting. Of the responding physicians, 12% were identified as abstainers, 81% were classified as not alcohol-dependent drinkers, 5% were classified as possibly alcoholic, and 2% were classified as probably alcoholic. These results were similar to those obtained in a nonphysician general medical patient population previously given the same questionnaire. The data show that the prevalence of alcoholism among a group of physicians is not substantially different from that in a general medical population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)12-16
Number of pages5
JournalMayo Clinic Proceedings
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1984
Externally publishedYes


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Niven, R. G., Hurt, R. D., Morse, R. M., & Swenson, W. M. (1984). Alcoholism in physicians. Mayo Clinic Proceedings, 59(1), 12-16.