Study: Drinking day before could impact surgeons

April 22, 2011 9:11:21 AM PDT
A new study suggests surgeons are more likely to make errors and are less efficient after a night of drinking. That's the case even if they have no detectable traces of alcohol in their blood.

The study was performed on eight expert surgeons at Yale University who drank until they felt drunk. The next day the doctors performed a series of simulated operations on a virtual reality programs. As late as 1 p.m., the surgeons made more errors during the procedure than they did while performing the same operation on the previous day.

The findings appear in the Archives of Surgery.