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U.S. Surgeons With Drink/Drug Problems (23 February, 2012)

A new study says around 15 per cent of American surgeons have a problem with alcohol or drugs. The University of Washington team looked at 7,197 surveys from doctors who answered questions about drink and drugs. The research team was surprised so many doctors had problems. Their dependency was higher than the rate for the general population, which is 9 per cent. The team found that younger doctors, those with no children, or those in unsatisfactory relationships were more likely to drink or use drugs.

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The report is published in the journal “Archives of Surgery”. It also said that doctors who showed signs of alcoholism were 45 per cent more likely to admit that they made a major mistake at work recently. Less than a third of the surgeons who received the survey answered it. Lead author Dr Michael Oreskovich said this may be because of doctors who did not want to answer because they were ashamed. The survey also said 14 per cent of male surgeons and 25 per cent of female surgeons had alcohol problems.

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.
Paragraph 1

1.

7,197

a.

relationships

2

answered

b.

surveys

3.

surprised so many doctors

c.

or use drugs

4.

the rate for the general

d.

questions

5.

those in unsatisfactory

e.

population

6.

more likely to drink

f.

had problems

Paragraph 2

1.

published in the journal

a.

likely

2

showed signs of

b.

at work recently

3.

more

c.

third

4.

made a major mistake

d.

“Archives of Surgery”

5.

Less than a

e.

ashamed

6.

they were

f.

alcoholism


LISTENING GAP FILL


A new study says __________________ American surgeons have a problem with alcohol or drugs. The University of Washington team looked at __________________ doctors who answered questions about __________________. The research team was surprised so many doctors had problems. __________________ was higher than the rate for the general population, which is 9 per cent. The __________________ younger doctors, those with no children, or those in unsatisfactory relationships were __________________ drink or use drugs.
The __________________ in the journal “Archives of Surgery”. It also said that doctors who __________________ alcoholism were 45 per cent more __________________ that they made a major mistake at work recently. Less than a third of the surgeons who received the __________________ it. Lead author Dr Michael Oreskovich said this __________________ of doctors who did not want to answer because they were ashamed. The survey also said 14 per cent of male surgeons and 25 per cent of __________________ had alcohol problems.


MULTIPLE CHOICE


A new study says (1) ____ 15 per cent of American surgeons have a problem with alcohol or drugs. The University of Washington team (2) ____ at 7,197 surveys from doctors who answered questions (3) ____ drink and drugs. The research team was surprised (4) ____ many doctors had problems. Their dependency was higher than the (5) ____ for the general population, which is 9 per cent. The team found that younger doctors, those with no children, or those (6) ____ unsatisfactory relationships were more likely to drink or use drugs.
The report is published in the (7) ____ “Archives of Surgery”. It also said that doctors who (8) ____ signs of alcoholism were 45 per cent more likely to admit that they made a (9) ____ mistake at work recently. Less than a third of the surgeons who received the survey answered it. Lead author Dr Michael Oreskovich said this (10) ____ be because of doctors who did not want to answer because they were (11) ____. The survey also said 14 per cent of male surgeons and 25 per cent of (12) ____ surgeons had alcohol problems.
Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

speaks

(b)

says

(c)

talks

2.

(a)

looking

(b)

look

(c)

looked

3.

(a)

about

(b)

around

(c)

ago

4.

(a)

such

(b)

so

(c)

seem

5.

(a)

late

(b)

date

(c)

rate

6.

(a)

in

(b)

on

(c)

at

7.

(a)

journey

(b)

journal

(c)

journalist

8.

(a)

shows

(b)

showing

(c)

showed

9.

(a)

major

(b)

majority

(c)

majored

10.

(a)

say

(b)

may

(c)

lay

11.

(a)

ashamed

(b)

shame

(c)

shameful

12

(a)

feminine

(b)

ladylike

(c)

female


SPELLING


Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

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2.

a problem with caolloh

3.

7,197 urvssey

4.

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5.

the elnerag population

6.

more leliky to

 

Paragraph 2

7.

published in the noaujlr

8.

doctors who owhdes signs

9.

a major taiesmk

10.

Lead rthoua

11.

did not want to wrnsae

12.

they were hasedma


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER


Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

or drugs. The University of Washington team looked at 7,197 surveys from doctors who

(  1  )

A new study says around 15 per cent of American surgeons have a problem with alcohol

(    )

answered it. Lead author Dr Michael Oreskovich said this may be because of doctors who did not

(    )

population, which is 9 per cent. The team found that younger doctors, those with

(    )

The report is published in the journal “Archives of Surgery”. It also said that doctors who showed

(    )

per cent of male surgeons and 25 per cent of female surgeons had alcohol problems.

(    )

so many doctors had problems. Their dependency was higher than the rate for the general

(    )

signs of alcoholism were 45 per cent more likely to admit that they made a major mistake

(    )

at work recently. Less than a third of the surgeons who received the survey

(    )

no children, or those in unsatisfactory relationships were more likely to drink or use drugs.

(    )

want to answer because they were ashamed. The survey also said 14

(    )

answered questions about drink and drugs. The research team was surprised


THE READING / TAPESCRIPT


With a partner, put the words back into the correct order.

1.

cent     per     15     Around     surgeons     American     of.    

2.

questions     ,    from    answered    7,197    surveys     who     doctors.     

3.

rate     the     population     The     for     general.    

4.

unsatisfactory     in     relationships     Those     .

5.

drugs     use     or     drink     to     likely     More.    

6.

journal     the     in     published     is     report     The.    

7.

alcoholism     Doctors     showed     of     who     signs.    

8.

a     made     they     that     Admit     mistake     major.    

9.

surgeons     the     of     third     a     than     Less.    

10.

had     %     alcohol     of     problems     female     surgeons     25.    


DISCUSSION (Write your own questions)

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

1.

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2.

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3.

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4.

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5.

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6.

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

1.

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2.

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3.

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4.

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5.

________________________________________________________

6.

________________________________________________________


WRITING


Write about alcohol and drugs for 10 minutes. Show your partner your paper. Correct each other’s work.
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HOMEWORK

1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google’s search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.
2. ALCOHOL AND DRUGS: Search the Internet and find more information about alcohol and drugs. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.
3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about alcohol and drugs. Include an imaginary interview with an addicted doctor. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.
4. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.
5. LETTER: Write a letter to an alcohol and drugs expert. Ask him/her three questions about alcohol and drugs. Give him/her three of your opinions on them. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Your partner will answer the questions you asked.

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