Table 5: Agreement with selected barriers for the implementation of alcohol screening and brief interventions.

BarriersGroup with worse attitudes
(%)
Group with better attitudes
(%)

Doctors are too busy dealing with other problems120 (85.7)74 (78.7)0.16
Doctors have a disease model training and do not think about prevention99 (70.7)57 (60.6)0.11
Doctors think preventive health should be patients’ responsibility not theirs71 (50.7)41 (43.6)0.29
Doctors are not sufficiently encouraged to work with alcohol problems111 (79.3)82 (87.2)0.12
Doctors feel awkward about asking questions about alcohol consumption109 (77.9)63 (67.0)0.07
Doctors do not know how to identify problem drinkers who have no obvious symptoms112 (80.0)61 (64.9)0.01
Doctors do not have a suitable screening device to identify problem drinkers115 (82.1)69 (73.4)0.11
Doctors do not have suitable counselling materials available117 (83.6)79 (84.0)0.92
Doctors are not trained in counselling for reducing alcohol consumption124 (88.6)78 (83.0)0.22
Doctors believe that alcohol counselling is too difficult133 (95.0)79 (84.0)0.005
Doctors do not believe that patients would take their advice117 (83.6)73 (77.7)0.26
Doctors themselves have a liberal attitude towards alcohol91 (65.0)58 (61.7)0.61
Doctors themselves may have alcohol problems96 (68.6)65 (69.1)0.93
Doctors believe that patients would resent being asked about their alcohol consumption82 (58.6)52 (55.3)0.62

Chi-square test.