Sunday 21 October 2018

Consultants drink more often, but trainees likely to 'binge'

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Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

Hospital consultants drink alcohol more frequently than trainees - but the younger medics are more likely to binge when they indulge, according to a new survey.

Senior registrar in occupational medicine Dr Anthony O'Keeffe, who surveyed more than 3,000 doctors, found that on a typical drinking occasion a consultant has 2.8 units - more than two glasses of wine or a pint and a half.

This compares to 4.2 units for a trainee - the equivalent of four glasses of wine or more than two pints.

There was a higher prevalence of abstainers among trainees compared to consultants, the 'Irish Medical Times' reported.

There was a significantly higher prevalence of drinking multiple times per week among consultants compared to trainees, and among male doctors compared to their female colleagues.

Overall, hospital doctors were found to have less than the recommended levels of physical activity.

Some 25pc of the whole group were inactive and just under 20pc exceeded the minimum public health recommendations of at least 30 minutes of moderately intense activity five days a week. As many as 57pc were minimally active.

Surprisingly there was a higher prevalence of inactivity among trainees compared to consultants, and females compared to males.

The rate of smoking was low, but 9.1pc still lit up, despite the warnings.

Irish Independent

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