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Alcoholism Nurses

"Alcoholism Nurses: there is a high correlation between the helping professions and alcohol dependence. "
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by Toby Rice Drews
author of the "Getting Them Sober" books

Some not-surprising stats-------- a not-so-small percentage of male patients who are paraplegic or quadraplegic, have no problem getting married.....who, most of the time, marries them? Their nurses.

The American Nurses Asso. states that 20% of nurses have 'substance abuse issues'.

and that.....

•There are an estimated 40,000 nurses in the U.S. experiencing alcoholism.

•Odds of marijuana use are 3.5 times higher among emergency nurses.

•Pediatric and emergency nurses reported a higher use of cocaine than other specialties.

•Oncology nurses reported the highest overall drug use – for all substances combined.

•Binge drinking was highest among oncology, emergency, and critical care nurses.

*** Not surprising......why?........ 83% of nurses are adult children of alcoholics.

Alcoholism is a genetic disease.

So MANY adult children of alcoholics go into the helping professions....especially nursing.

75-80% of helping professionals in the U.S. under the age of 55 are adult children of alcoholics.

60% of physicians (who are U.S.-born) under the age of 55 are first-born children of alcoholics.

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