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Getting drunk can affect a surgeon’s proficiency (laparoscopic surgeons) especially his/her psychomotor skills, the following day. This is in accordance with a two-part study involving 16 medical students and eight experienced surgeons. According to the researchers, they were shocked to find out that psychomotor skills for a relatively straightforward task that the individuals were very good at would be significantly impaired on the following day even at 4 o'clock in the afternoon. The result of the study thus suggests that if you have too much to drink, your performance is significantly degraded the following day.


Based from the researchers, the findings of the study is also applicable not only for laparoscopic surgeons wearing landau scrubs but also to those who use guided imagery to perform procedures such as threading cathethers through the heart or targeting radiation for cancer treatment. Even some eye and neurosurgeons avoid drinking coffee prior to operating, or make sure they are well hydrated before entering the OR in order to avoid any tremors that could affect their performance during the procedure. 


Read more: Going Under the Knife? Ask Your Surgeon How Much He Drank Last Night

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