The Sobering Reality of Being a Lawyer
It’s no secret that lawyers have a reputation for being stressed out and overworked. But what you may not know is that lawyers also have a higher-than-average rate of “problematic drinking.” In fact, according to a recent study, 20% of lawyers have problematic drinking habits, compared to just 12% of other professionals. And if that wasn’t bad enough, 28% of lawyers also suffer from depression.
So, what’s the cause of all this stress and anxiety? Well, it could be the demanding nature of the profession. Or it could be the long hours and little free time. Or it could be the pressure to always be “on” and perfect. Whatever the cause, it’s clear that being a lawyer is not as glamorous as it may seem from the outside.
Of course, drinking is not necessarily a bad thing. In moderation, it can be quite beneficial for your health. But when you drink too much or too often, that’s when problems can start to arise.
For lawyers, drinking can lead to missed deadlines, errors in judgment, and poor decision-making. It can also exacerbate existing mental health issues like depression and anxiety. And in extreme cases, it can even lead to addiction. If you suspect that you or someone you know may have a drinking problem, there are resources available to help.
Mental health is just as important as physical health—maybe even more so. But unfortunately, mental health is often seen as a taboo topic, especially in the legal profession. This needs to change. 💥
If you’re struggling with your mental health, don’t be afraid to reach out for help. There are many resources available, including therapy, medication, support groups and your State Bar Association has programs available! So, don’t let your pride get in the way of asking for help.
The legal profession can be demanding and stressful—there’s no denying that. But it’s important to take care of yourself both physically and mentally. Just remember, you’re not alone—many people struggle with mental health issues, including lawyers.
Author: Sal Aniano
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