Alcoholism gripping doctors, lawyers in Britain!November 14th, 2011 - 6:49 pm ICT by IANS
London, Nov 14 (IANS) A rising number of lawyers, doctors, dentists and vets in Britain are turning “functioning alcoholics”, experts have warned.
Addiction specialists have given them the “functioning alcoholics” label because they do not fit the typical image of down-and-out street drinkers, the Daily Mail reported.
There has been a surge in demand from professionals who are seeking rehab treatment abroad so as to avoid being recognised in nearby hospitals or clinics, it is claimed.
Alistair Mordey, who runs a substance abuse clinic in Chiang Mai, Thailand, said the demand for treatment from doctors was growing at twice the rate of any other occupation.
“We are seeing a lot of professionals coming in, particularly from London,” he said. “They are in workplaces where you really wouldn’t want them to be.”
According to the British Medical Association’s estimate, one in 15 doctors will develop an addiction problem at some point and they are three times more likely to develop cirrhosis of the liver than the general population.
Cirrhosis of the liver is a chronic disease interfering with the normal functioning of the liver; the major cause is chronic alcoholism.
Research has also suggested that up to 24 percent of lawyers will suffer from alcoholism during their careers.
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