Doctors are leading by example on alcohol

Doctors could be leading the population in cutting back their drinking, figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) Health Statistics Quarterly show.

Death rates among doctors from alcohol-related causes were just over half the proportion for other workers between 2001 and 2005. Alcohol abuse causes just 0.58 per cent of deaths in male doctors.

From the 1960s to the 1980s, this group had one of the highest indicators of alcohol-related deaths in England and Wales.

Doctors may now be leading the way in drinking less, the ONS report suggests, echoing how they led the population away from smoking in the 1950s and 60s.

A shift in drinking culture is behind the fall in alcohol-related deaths among medics, and more Asian-origin doctors may also affect the numbers who die of alcohol-related causes, the report said.

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