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Table 6 Comparison of prevalence of lifestyle behaviours between hospital doctors working in Ireland and general working age population and cohort matched for age, social class and education

From: “Do as we say, not as we do?” the lifestyle behaviours of hospital doctors working in Ireland: a national cross-sectional study

Characteristic Doctors % General working age population % (X2) Matched Cohort % (X2)
Smoking
 Non-Smoker 90.6% 73.9% (211.01) *** 85.5% (12.56) ***
 Occasional 6.8% 4.7% (12.06) *** 5.9% (.67)
 Daily 2.5% 21.4% (332.13) *** 8.6% (43.27) ***
Alcohol
 Frequency of alcohol consumption
  Never 11.4% 18.3% (44.86) *** 9.6% (1.46)
  Monthly or less 14.2% 25.1% (89.20) *** 19.2% (9.09) **
  2–4 times/month 32.5% 30% (3.91) * 31.4% (0.27)
  Multiple times/week 41.9% 26.6% (143.56) *** 39.8% (0.76)
 Binges on a typical drinking occasion 12.8% 39.5% (326.97) *** 29.5% (78.33) ***
 Mean units consumed on a typical drinking occasion 3.4 5.6 (SD: 4.16) *** 4.7 (SD: 3.47) ***
Physical activity
 Inactive 24.5% 29.5% (15.62) *** 26.3% (.847)
 Minimally active 56.4% 37.5% (184.78) *** 39.9% (51.95) ***
 Health enhancing physical activity 19.1% 33% (15.62) *** 33.8% (56.62) ***
  1. Between group differences: *P value <.05 ** P value <.01 *** P value ≤ .001 (Reference groups compared to doctors)