Mashed up medics
Are you reading this while coming down after a drug enhanced night out? If you are, you are probably not the only one. Ian Harwood, a registered mental health nurse and medical student, investigates drug use in medics
Most prospectuses for medical schools throughout the world do not refer to one of the most important personal skills and qualities needed to be a traditional medical student. Alongside academic ability and good problem solving skills must lurk the necessary endurance levels to face a grilling from a consultant through the fog of crippling hangovers, near fainting from starvation, and the exhaustive effects of coming down from last night's ecstasy tablets or lines of cocaine. Is this overdramatic? Not according to the experts.
Qualified doctors display much higher levels of persistent alcohol and drug misuse than other members of society. In 1998, the BMA estimated that one in 15 doctors in the United Kingdom were alcohol or drug dependent.1 This is significantly higher than in the general population. A survey of house officers in the same year found that more than half of those surveyed regularly drank more than recommended