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The role of occupational stress in the maladaptive use of alcohol by dentists: a study of South Australian general dental practitioners.

Authors
  • Winwood, P C
  • Winefield, A H
  • Lushington, K
Type
Published Article
Journal
Australian dental journal
Publication Date
Jun 01, 2003
Volume
48
Issue
2
Pages
102–109
Identifiers
PMID: 14649399
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

To a significant extent, stress and hazardous alcohol consumption are both present among South Australian dentists. However, compared with work stress/burnout, existing personal vulnerability factors are much stronger predictors of such hazardous alcohol consumption. We suggest that professional dental bodies, and state Dental Boards, may play a role in ensuring stress inoculation and guidance on safe limits of alcohol consumption for dentists-in-training; and in creating appropriate mechanisms for assisting dentists who experience alcohol related difficulties.

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