New research highlights how dishonest Brits are when it comes to telling GPs about their habits
According to research by LifeSearch, nearly 18 million Brits lie to their GP about how much alcohol they drink.
They are also not being truthful about their tobacco and illegal drug usage, the data shows.
LifeSearch’s research of 2,004 adults suggests that we tell the doctor at least 10 million lies a week, collectively.
“Sometimes it can seem easier to tell a lie to get out of a difficult or awkward conversation, and we’ve all told a white lie here and there to spare someone’s feelings,” said Emma Walker, chief marketing offier, LifeSearch.
“But what’s particularly concerning is the fact that many of us aren’t facing up to issues which could affect us in the long term – and we’re even putting our health at risk.
“At LifeSearch we speak to hundreds of people every day who simply aren’t having conversations that could save them serious emotional and financial pain.
“Rather than lying about issues in the hope they’ll disappear, it’s always best to be open and honest about them, so that if the worst should happen, you’ll be prepared and protected.”
Dr Zoe Norris, an NHS GP, added: “In my role as a GP I often see patients who are worried about telling me what’s really wrong, either through embarrassment or fear of being judged.
“But it’s my job to advise on the best solution whatever’s troubling you. Everything you tell me is confidential and I’m pretty hard to shock!”
“Facing up to the truth, though it may be uncomfortable, is really important in making sure you get the right treatment at the right time.
“It’s often the case that early treatment or diagnosis leads to better health in the long term – so being honest with your GP is a really good habit to get into.”