Dying for a drinkBMJ 2007; 335 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39317.659919.DB (Published 30 August 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:420
Doctors die less often from alcohol related causes than the general population, a report in the Office for National Statistics' Health Statistics Quarterly has shown. The proportion of such deaths among male medical practitioners aged 20-64 in England and Wales in 2001-5 was 0.58 (95% confidence interval 0.37 to 0.85). In the 1960s, '70s, and '80s the proportion of deaths among male medical practitioners in England and Wales caused by alcohol was much higher than the proportion in the overall population. The report's authors say that the change may be because of a shift in drinking culture in the medical profession in recent years.