Doctors … Surfers … Addicts?
“Keeping the Surfer Healthy and Safe”; that is the motto of the EASD Surfing Doctors.
For years, the stereotype of the ‘pothead’ surfer has prevailed. Yet, there is only scant data to back up this stigma1.
Substance abuse amongst doctors has been more thoroughly researched. The prevalence of substance use disorders among doctors is about 10-12%, which is similar to that of the general population2-4.
What about us EASD surfing doctors? Are we more likely to develop a substance use disorder than our non-surfing colleagues? Or are we healthy athletes taking good care of our bodies and setting the right example for our future colleagues and the surf community?
When it comes to substance use and abuse, are we behaving in a healthy and safe way?
To get an answer to this question, I would like to do a quick scan on substance use and abuse among surfing doctors. A short anonymous questionnaire will be handed out to all participants at the Conference, which I hope you’ll all complete.
If you are interested in the topic of surfing and substance abuse, please sign up for the Masterclass!
Loes Hanck and Tim Jones will present the Masterclass in ‘Surfing and Substance Abuse’ at Conference 2014.