Monday, 16 April 2007

Drink-drive medics

I was irritated by a brief item in The Times which I read during my evening meal. The title was "Drink-drive medics" and the shocking first line was "Male doctors are twice as likely to drink and drive as people from outside the health professions, a study has shown." Surely this goes to show that despite all their posturing and complaining, Britain's doctors are just a bunch of alcoholics?

Well yes, except that the study was carried out on graduates from Spanish universities. I'm not the world's best statistical analyst, but even I can see that the rates of drink-driving may vary from country to country, which will make generalisation unreliable.

Still, it's good to know that The Times takes an interest in the potential social problems of other European countries.


Dr Michelle Tempest said...

There is no excuse for drink driving, but all doctors are at a high statistical risk of suffering alcohol dependence. Michelle

Dr Andrew Brown said...

And drug dependence. And suicide.

We should get danger money.