Call for doctors to stop giving alcohol as a gift

AUSTRALIA’S medical profession is being urged to shun the practice of giving alcohol as a gift in light of the preventable death and suffering it causes.

Two Melbourne specialists are challenging the logic of doctors receiving and giving booze in a professional setting.

While consumption is a personal choice, giving alcohol as a gift in professional settings is "a public statement”, say Associate Professor John H Massie, a pediatric respiratory physician at Melbourne Children’s Hospital, and Rob Moodie,