Addressing Problematic Alcohol Use in the Legal Profession

By Anne Brafford (April 6, 2022, 6:17 p.m. EDT) — With April being National Alcohol Awareness Month, it’s a good time for the legal profession to turn its attention to prevention and treatment of alcohol use disorders and risky drinking.

It’s no news that lawyers can be prone to risky drinking. A 2016 study based on surveys of 12,825 practicing attorneys across the United States found that 21% of participants qualified as problem drinkers.[1] Problematic alcohol use was particularly high among lawyers under 30 — especially men — in junior and senior associate positions in private practice. Participants who were problem drinkers were significantly more likely to have higher symptoms of depression,…

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