15% of US Surgeons Admit Alcohol Abuse

In a new national survey, 15% of surgeons admitted that they suffer from alcohol abuse or dependence - a statistic that is 5% higher than the number for the majority of the public. The online, anonymous poll displayed nearly 14% of that percentage were male surgeons, while 26% were female surgeons. Surgeons are not subject to random drug screenings, unlike other safety-sensitive jobs.

The surveys were given online to all members of the American College of Surgeons to be processed anonymously; though there was only a 29% response rate. Surgeons who reported to have made a major medical mistake over the previous three months were more likely to testify to alcohol abuse or dependence, as well as those who declared that they were depressed, emotionally exhausted, suicidal, distressed, or burned out.