Drunk Drivers Are Risky

Hold the phone!  This just in!  A new study in the journal Addiction shows that people convicted of drunk driving appear to have a lifelong struggle with risky drinking habits.  I know, right?  Crazy stuff.

“A DWI (driving while intoxicated) conviction identifies people at risk,” said study leader Sandra Lapham, at the Behavioral health Research Center of the Southwest in Albuquerque, New Mexico. “It’s a difficult problem with no easy answer,” she also added.

Looks like we have a new addition to the Obvious Hall of Fame.  Congratulations, Dr. Lapham.


Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  1 comment for “Drunk Drivers Are Risky

  1. June 27, 2012 at 9:49 am

    I suspect the study’s purpose was to put in statistics-based writing the fact that the overwhelming majority of DUI/DWI arrests aren’t of “normal” drinkers who overindulged on one occasion, but of chronic inebriates. As you may have noticed in your practice, alcoholics have been known to minimize and lie.
    By the way, is it still true that few medical schools have required courses in diagnosing/treating addiction, although it underlies a whopping percent of all medical disorders?

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