Substance Abuse Recognition by Doctors
Drinking is one of the most common forms of substance abuse and many doctors do not notice the tell tale signs of this abuse among most of their patients. It is extemely important for overall health and the social well being of the patient that such clues are identified by doctors.
Carolyne Krupa of Amednews.com writes in her article, “Recognizing the Alcoholic Patient” why it is important for doctors to notice the signs of substance abuse among drinking patients.
Some are easier to spot than others.
It may be as obvious as encountering an intoxicated patient in the emergency room. Or as subtle as noting a hypertensive patient who seems otherwise healthy but has mysteriously missed his or her last few appointments.
Alcoholism presents itself through a variety of signs, symptoms and severities, said Jeffrey Samet, MD, MPH, chief of general internal medicine at Boston Medical Center, professor of medicine at Boston University School of Medicine and professor of community health sciences at Boston University School of Public Health. He is president of the American Board of Addiction Medicine.
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