Spinoff: Drug and Alcohol Screening

posted 3 years ago in Wellness
  • poll: Drug & Alcohol Screening
    A doctor has asked me about my drug use : (37 votes)
    26 %
    No doctors have asked me about my drug use : (8 votes)
    6 %
    A doctor has asked me about my alcohol use : (48 votes)
    34 %
    No doctors have asked me about my alcohol use : (2 votes)
    1 %
    It bothered me that I was asked : (2 votes)
    1 %
    It did not bother me that I was asked : (44 votes)
    31 %
  • Post # 3
    42117 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Every ER doc I have seen has asked me and my own GP asked me on my first visit.

    It doesn’t bother me. It’s just part of a good medical history as alcohol and other dugs can have such a detrimental affect on people’s health.

    I work at a NurseLine and we ask everyone (well, everyone over about 10 years of age) when taking the medical history.

    Post # 6
    7630 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2013

    When I lived in the US I was usually asked that. It didn’t bother me – it’s important that they know what kind of drugs are interacting in your system. For example, smoking and taking birth control can put you at risk for heart disease. Or taking antibiotics while drinking can reduce their effectiveness. I’m happy that my doctor wants to take the time to know my life and find the right medicines for me. 

    Post # 7
    15016 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I’ve never been asked. I’d be pissed if I went in for a sinus infection and a doctor asked about my drinking habits. Now I’ve been told to definitely not drink with certain medications but never asked. Now if the doctor was thinking something liver related I might be OK with that, might. My doctor doesn’t dig into unrelated info. The only time I’ve ever been in a hospital is the birth of my son. My husband was in a few months ago and they only asked him if he had drank in the last 24 hours. 

    Post # 9
    1754 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    I am always asked when I see a new nurse/doctor. It doesn’t bother me – I just take it as part of a full physical.

    Post # 10
    15016 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    @AB Bride:  our doc is new, less than a year, and he’s still never asked, even when dh was having an issue no other doc could figure out. I’d flip a wig if anyone asked me about domestic abuse in an er or anywhere else without me bringing it up myself. More so if I went in for a car wreck or something. I find that to be overly intrusive behavior and frankly quite tyrannical. Unless there is kids involved, it’s non of their darn business. I will not be interrogated nor would I allow my husband to be accused of something especially by someone who is not the police. 

    Post # 11
    5207 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: February 2013

    That’s a rather standard question. Drugs and alcohol have the potential to cause less than desirable side effects (derrrr) so ruling them out as a cause to your symptoms makes a hell of a lot of sense, right? No need to get offended. Doctors can’t report your drug use to the cops and have you hauled away. 

    Post # 12
    720 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    I don’t think I’ve been asked about (illegal) drugs, but definitely alcohol and smoking! Doesn’t bother me – alcohol and cigarettes can and do cause health issues, it absolutely makes sense the doctor would ask.

    Post # 13
    5533 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: December 2011

    As a nurse,  it is a standard question. No reason to be all up in arms about it, it’s just one of the many questions that may or may not be relevant. And yes, I have had patients dying of lung cancer with a portable oxygen tank ask if they can go downstairs to smoke, so we ask everyone about their habits that affect their health and may interfere or interact with meds  

    Post # 15
    7281 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

    I was definitely asked about both during my initial visit when I was pregnant. And during physicals. I don’t like doctors and medical staff. On a personal level I am sure they are fine people, but on a professional level they give me the heebie jeebies because they are way too up in my business. So while I can’t say that those questions in particular were/are bothersome, the cumulative experience of so many very personal questions most definitely is bothersome.

    Post # 16
    150 posts
    Blushing bee

    @AB Bride:  Now that I’m 23 it doesn’t bother me that they ask about my alcohol use…the only time it bothered me was when I went to my university’s health clinic when I was 20 and was asked about my alcohol use. I wanted to be honest, so I said that I would occassionally drink on weekends and the doctor scolded me because I was underage (20) lol!

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