It’s common knowledge that when GPs in UK ask you how much alcohol you drink, or how many cigarettes you smoke, they mentally double your answer to calculate a more accurate amount. We don’t like to confess our sins to our doctors.
It was refreshing today to find some honesty. When taking a history from a middle aged woman suffering from bronchitis and high blood pressure, I asked if she smoked. She rustled around in her bag, came up with a pack of cigarettes and offered me one. Innocent and generous at the same time. At least I didn’t need to record it in the QOF.