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Do doctors see a lot of patients with alcohol abuse?

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Dr. J. patrick Tokarz
Specializes in Family Medicine
Yes: We don't always recognize the problem however, .
Dr. David Rosenfeld
Pain Management 27 years experience
Depends on doctor: It is present in roughly 10% of the us population.
Dr. Scott Mackinnon
Anesthesiology 33 years experience
Yes: Alcohol and other substance abuse is very common, oftentimes a patient will see their doctor about a minor problem and they may be there, whether they realize it or not, to get help with substance abuse. Denial is a major symptom, and the diagnosis of alcoholism requires an thorough history and the development of trust from your patient. Once that occurs, healing can begin.
Dr. Kathryn Seifert
Clinical Psychology 26 years experience
It is common: Yes, it is common. With the advent of integrated Care, talking to pt. about referral for substance abuse services may be in order.

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