Doctors who do not feel sober enough to drive should avoid helping in medical emergencies

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.317.7166.1158a (Published 24 October 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:1158
  1. J A D Stewart, Specialist registrar in general medicine and gastroenterology.
  1. Glenfield General Hospital NHS Trust, Leicester LE3 9QP

    EDITOR—The ethical debate entitled “Too drunk to care?” raises interesting moral problems but mixes ethical arguments with comments about legal responsibility.1 Ethics and the law are different subjects that occasionally overlap; it is dangerous, however, to confuse one with the other. The real question is how much alcohol Cressey had drunk before he found himself in the difficult situation of knowing whether to offer help to a spectator …

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