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DUI: Doctors Under the Influence…and the Consequences (Part 2)

In Part I of this 2-part series on DUIs among physicians, I highlighted the fact that physicians are not immune from substance use disorders or DUIs. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 5.5% of health care workers in the U.S. had a current substance use disorder1 and numerous studies have shownRead More

DUI – Doctors Under the Influence – and the Consequences (Part I)

Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a serious crime and doctors, who seem to have about the same rate of substance use disorders as the general population, are not immune. The consequences for DUI have become more severe, especially for physicians and other licensed health professionals, particularly in some states. And forRead More

Why Alcoholism Rates Are So High For Lawyers

When it comes to alcoholism, there is a connection between career choices and drinking habits. Unfortunately, certain professions seem to have greater percentages of workers who struggle with alcohol abuse. The American Bar Association (ABA) published a study that confirms that lawyers have a higher percentage of people who abuse alcohol when compared to theRead More

What To Do When Alcohol Affects Job Performance

Alcohol is well known for its ability to lower inhibitions and create a temporary release from the stresses in life. It’s also widely accepted, easily available, and often included in most social settings, even those that are job related. However, once abused, alcohol begins to show its negative side. Excessive drinking, or binge drinking, startsRead More

Can Withdrawal From Alcohol be Deadly?

Alcohol affects a person physically, mentally, and emotionally and with excessive consumption, can cause early death. The brain controls the way a person thinks, feels, moves, and walks. When a person drinks alcohol, the brain’s neurotransmitters release dopamine, which gives him or her euphoric and pleasurable feelings. An individual with an alcohol addiction loses controlRead More

Why do Some People Become Alcoholics?

Some people are more prone to becoming alcoholics than others are. Many factors indicate the person’s risk for alcoholism. Genetics, physical condition, mental health, and age can influence an individual’s problem drinking. Other contributors are how often a person drinks, how much he or she consumes, and the type of alcohol. A person who hasRead More

What Is IDAA?

International Doctors in Alcoholics Anonymous is, according to their website, “a worldwide fellowship of more than 9,900 healthcare professionals, and their families, who strive to help one another to achieve and maintain recovery from addictions. The organization is membership based. Memberships are open to: “doctorate level health care providers, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, certified registeredRead More

 What Signs Show Your Spouse has an Alcohol Problem?

When your spouse drinks too much alcohol and too often, he or she could be at risk of developing alcohol abuse or alcoholism. Some people have a genetic predisposition for becoming addicted to alcohol. Drinking alcohol can cause serious mental and physical health problems. Alcohol affects the brain and can lead to liver failure, heartRead More

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