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It’s just alcohol – Samuel Vorster

It’s just alcohol – Samuel Vorster

Alcohol is a “legal” and “recreational” substance that is mass marketed to the public.  This differs from reports from medical and legal professionals.  The well documented consequences of the abuse and misuse of alcohol have shown the major impact that alcohol has on society, as a whole.

In most cultures around the world, the initiation of alcohol use has been seen by peers as a rite of passage.   It only takes a causal read of articles on the ills of alcohol abuse and dependency to see that alcohol is one of the most lethal substances that a person can abuse.

Global alcohol use, according to “The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism”, stated that in 2017 over 75% of youth had drank alcohol in their lifespan and that almost...

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When a patient wants their cake and wants to eat it too

When a patient wants their cake and wants to eat it too

Samuel Vorster

Introduction: The dilemma:

A male patient of 38 years, alcohol dependent, currently working as a pilot, for a airline in Southern Africa, asks you to help him with his problem. He also asks of you to keep his diagnosis confidential, as he would immediately lose his job should his diagnosis be made known.  This ethical dilemma involves a value dispute1, where the patient sees his medical condition and the possible effects, for his work, as being separate.

The patient has an alcohol dependency. It has known effects and concerns.  There is a concern with the patient’s ability to conduct his work whilst in the intoxication and withdrawal symptoms of his use.  There is a risk of harm to others, property and to himself.

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