Researchers from the Mayo Clinic conducted a study showing the scope of alcohol abuse and dependence among students attending medical schools. Results show that around a third of these burgeoning minds abuse alcohol to help cope with the exorbitant amount of work they are given.
The researchers noted that the average cost for medical school increased by 209 percent between 1995 and 2014. Doctors graduating with a medical degree in 2014, on average, are stuck with $180,000 in debt.
“In our paper we recommend wellness curricula for medical schools, identifying and remediating factors within the learning environment contributing to stress, and removal of barriers to mental health services,” said first author and Mayo Medical School student Eric Jackson.
Another team of researchers from the Mayo Clinic conducted a study that revealed a similar pattern once med students make it to their residency. Unfortunately, it seems a lot of physicians overprescribe opioid painkillers both for their patients and their own personal use. Among 44,612 anesthesiologists, 384 physicians had a confirmed substance abuse disorder and 28 of the physicians died as a result of it during their training period.