The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has advised all the doctors who are members of the body to be “brand ambassadors of health” for the society and avoid drinking alcohol with non-doctors.
The IMA has also asked that dry day be observed by the doctors on July 1 (Doctor’s Day) and September 5 (Teacher’s Day), and has imposed ban on alcohol consumption from all IMA meets.
According to The Asian Age, Dr K.K. Aggarwal, National President of IMA, drafted the rules and policy which have come in force with immediate effect.
The directive states: “Practice What You Preach” is an age-old saying. Doctors have a responsibility to put into practice themselves what they teach their patients about healthy lifestyle. It is also important that we maintain our dignity before the patients, a dictum also laid down in the MCI Code of ethics regulations.”
Referring to MCI guideline, “A physician shall uphold the dignity and honor of his profession. A patient should be able to trust his doctor and have confidence in him. Any public display of ‘undignified’ behavior erodes the trust in the doctor and gives a bad name to the profession.”
Key features of IMA alcohol policy are:
1. Ist July and 5th September dry days.
2. No social alcohol in company of non-doctors.
3. 6 grams ( 18 ml of whisky) is the social and safe dose of alcohol.
4. IMA Meets: No alcohol. (If served, 6 gram limit for relaxation if can’t <10 gram per serving; no second serving in less than one hour, and no more than two servings in one day)
5. IMA host to ensure that guests do not drive back if they are served alcohol.