Current issues in alcohol

August 2011

Up front

Risks and comedy

Volume 40, No.8, August 2011 Pages 559-559

Kath O’Connor

The old adage that an alcoholic is someone who drinks more than their doctor always brings a smile. It also reveals a deeper truth. What is ‘normal drinking’ depends on the environment you were raised in and your current social, emotional and employment context. Doctors have an increased lifetime risk of suffering from mental ill health and drug and alcohol abuse.1 Furthermore, as Demirkol et al2 point out in this issue of Australian Family Physician, much of the Australian community think it is completely normal to drink at levels that current National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) guidelines3 would describe as harmful.

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