College of Psychology: Faculty Articles

Title

Should physicians be asking about alcohol use? The patient’s perspective.

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-1998

Publication Title

Substance Abuse,

ISSN

0899-3289

Volume

18

Abstract

Results are presented exploring the opinions of different drinker groups toward physicians asking about alcohol use. A sample of problem drinkers in treatment was compared with current problem and nonproblem drinkers recruited at a local science center and with a sample of students from a local university. While there was general agreement that it was appropriate for doctors to ask about their alcohol use, some respondents (especially in the treatment sample) said that they would feel uncomfortable if asked about their alcohol use and might underreport the amount they drank. Reasons stated for this reluctance included a dislike of feeling judged and of possibly being told not to drink any alcohol.

DOI

10.1080/08897079709511343

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