Is alcohol addictive? Here's why your doctor may not know the answer

Only about 15 of 180 American medical school programs teach that addiction includes alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. Yep, you read that right. And it's so wrong.

Patients fearful of being judged, doctors who don’t know how to stop a medication they’ve started, the best way to launch that difficult conversation about medications showing up on a tox screen…the lack of addiction training in American medical schools is taking a steep toll. The addiction education in all medical schools varies, ranging from one pharmacology lecture to several weeks during a third-year clinical rotation, usually in psychiatry or family medicine. It’s “like trying to fight World War II with only the Coast Guard,” says one expert. Learn how medical schools are trying to change course and tackle America’s addiction to alcohol and other drugs.


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