The Legal Profession’s Drinking Problem

Study finds 28% struggle with depression
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The rates are three times that of the general population.

First, the good news: the practice of law has always been, and remains, one of the most vital and respected professions in the U.S., or abroad. Nothing you're about to read changes that. Attracting some of our best, brightest and most dedicated minds, the law is a calling that holds society on its shoulders, and regularly finds our troubles at its feet. From our basic civil and physical liberties, to our complex contracts and property rights, nothing about the way we live, or how our world operates, could continue on without the work of attorneys. We are, after all, a nation of laws, and lawyers will forever play an indispensable part.

Now, the bad news: many of those attorneys we rely on to handle such important matters are struggling with alcoholism, depression, and other mental health concerns.

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