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During the past decade, researchers have found that of all the professionals, lawyers are the most prone to stress, depression and alcohol problems. In the UK, alcohol-related deaths among lawyers were twice that of the national average with 30% of male lawyers and 20% of female lawyers abusing alcohol. In the US, 15-18% of all lawyers abuse alcohol. Some believe that the problems stem from the inherent personalities of the type of people that enter the profession whereas others believe that it is related to the nature of the job. Lawyers face the pressure of longer working weeks as well as juggling their roles of lawyers and business people.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Legalbrief
About: Lawyers disproportionately suffer from stress, depression and alcohol abuse
Date: 17 January 2005
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