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Many junior doctors misuse drugs and drink excessively

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.317.7160.700a (Published 12 September 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:700
  1. Alex Brooks
  1. BMJ

    Over a quarter of junior house officers take cannabis, and two thirds of those who drink are exceeding safe limits, says a survey published in the Lancet(1998;352:785-6).

    The researchers contacted 114 junior house officers who had studied at Newcastle University, 90 of whom responded (51 of them women). The house officers were asked about their drinking habits, illicit drug taking, and stress levels.

    Among the 93% who drank alcohol, over 60% of both sexes exceeded safe …

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