As law students substance abuse is a relevant concern you could face in your professional career! This is what the stats have to say:
18 – 20% of lawyers abuse drugs compared to 8 – 10% of the general population.
People who work more than 50 hours per week are three times more likely to abuse alcohol than those who work less hours. Lawyers average 60 – 80 hours per week.
25% of lawyers who face disciplinary actions abuse drugs or alcohol.
Lawyers are 3.6 times more likely to suffer depression compared to the general population.
Lawyers are often overachievers and have long hours which leads to stress, depression, fatigue land a search for escape and the urge to consume alcohol and drugs.
About 40% of lawyers fear that having treatment for drugs will lead to an impact on their reputation and career.