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Posted by: David Hoffman on Aug 12, 2020

Headshot photo of David Z. HoffmanDavid Z. Hoffman
Attorney, RLI Insurance Company

DID YOU KNOW? In 2016, per a study of nearly 13,000 practicing lawyers sponsored by the ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs (CoLAP) and the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, researchers found:

  • Between 21 percent and 36 percent of attorneys qualified as problem drinkers
  • Almost 28 percent battled some levels of depression, 19 percent experienced anxiety, and 23 percent struggled with stress
  • Attorneys in their first 10 years of practice—particularly at private firms—experienced the highest rates of alcohol abuse and depression
  • Younger attorneys have the highest rate of "problem drinking"

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