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High rates of alcohol abuse, depression among attorneys

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Dick Whitman, Feb 4, 2016.

  1. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

  2. MisterCreosote

    MisterCreosote Well-Known Member

    Higher than among journalists? I tend to doubt it.
  3. The Big Ragu

    The Big Ragu Moderator Staff Member

    I always wonder when I see stories like that if it's the profession that causes those problems. ... or if something about the profession itself attracts people who were already susceptible to those problems.
  4. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

    Not from what I've observed.
  5. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

    I'd like to know the methodology. It mentions frequency. I drink frequently, for example. But moderately. Would I be in the 20 percent?
  6. justgladtobehere

    justgladtobehere Well-Known Member

    This is not news. Weekday AA meetings in cities are filled with attorneys. Anybody who has dealt with lawyers helping lawyers programs or board discipline sees how frequently alcohol is the basis of any problem.
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  7. Jake_Taylor

    Jake_Taylor Well-Known Member

    Before reading up on the OJ case when American Crime Story started the other day, I had forgotten about F. Lee Bailey's flask of "coffee" in the courtroom.
  8. Brian

    Brian Well-Known Member

    My fiancee is an attorney and most of her friends are attorneys. I agree with Dick. They all seem to be neurotic squares. It's a rural area, though. That might make a difference.
  9. BitterYoungMatador2

    BitterYoungMatador2 Well-Known Member

    Surprised its just alcohol to be honest. Knew a couple heavy into coke.
  10. clintrichardson

    clintrichardson Active Member

    Ban the legal profession.
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  11. dixiehack

    dixiehack Well-Known Member

    I've heard a theory that depression and addiction tend to go untreated in lawyers because they fear disbarment, but I'm not sure how much it has been formally studied.
  12. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

    I think that's definitely a factor among law students, because of all of the reporting you have to do on the Character and Fitness application. Our dean of students told us that if we were so much as hassled by a mall cop, we better report that, in case there's a record of it that they scare up. I reported getting suspended for tardies in 7th grade. (And I'm glad I did - the Bar contacted me for the address and phone number of my junior high. So I guess they'd have found it, if the record existed.)

    I was written up freshman year of college for drinking in the dorm. I called the school to see if there was still a record. There wasn't. But I reported it anyway.
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