Prevalence of alcohol use disorders among American surgeons.


OBJECTIVES To determine the point prevalence of alcohol abuse and dependence among practicing surgeons. DESIGN Cross-sectional study with data gathered through a 2010 survey. SETTING The United States of America. PARTICIPANTS Members of the American College of Surgeons. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES Alcohol abuse and dependence. RESULTS Of 25,073 surgeons sampled, 7197 (28.7%) completed the survey. Of these, 1112 (15.4%) had a score on the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test, version C, consistent with alcohol abuse or dependence. The point prevalence for alcohol abuse or dependence for male surgeons was 13.9% and for female surgeons was 25.6%. Surgeons reporting a major medical error in the previous 3 months were more likely to have alcohol abuse or dependence (odds ratio, 1.45; P < .001). Surgeons who were burned out (odds ratio, 1.25; P = .01) and depressed (odds ratio, 1.48; P < .001) were more likely to have alcohol abuse or dependence. The emotional exhaustion and depersonalization domains of burnout were strongly associated with alcohol abuse or dependence. Male sex, having children, and working for the Department of Veterans Affairs were associated with a lower likelihood of alcohol abuse or dependence. CONCLUSIONS Alcohol abuse and dependence is a significant problem in US surgeons. Organizational approaches for the early identification of problematic alcohol consumption followed by intervention and treatment where indicated should be strongly supported.

DOI: 10.1001/archsurg.2011.1481

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@article{Oreskovich2012PrevalenceOA, title={Prevalence of alcohol use disorders among American surgeons.}, author={Michael R Oreskovich and Krista L. Kaups and Charles Balch and John B. Hanks and Daniel V. Satele and Jeff Sloan and Charles W Meredith and Amanda Buhl and Lotte N. Dyrbye and Tait D Shanafelt}, journal={Archives of surgery}, year={2012}, volume={147 2}, pages={168-74} }