Bloomberg Law
Feb. 24, 2022, 10:00 AM

ANALYSIS: Lawyers Report Surprisingly Low Substance Abuse Rate

Melissa Heelan
Melissa Heelan

Lawyers experience substance use disorders at a higher rate than other professional groups and the general population in the United States. So I was puzzled to read in Bloomberg Law’s most recent workplace and hours survey that only 7.6% of lawyers said they abused alcohol or drugs in the past quarter as a result of work-related issues.

The responses definitely buck the trend: Studies on lawyer mental health have consistently found the rate of problem drinking among attorneys to be more than double that found in the Bloomberg Law survey. And in 2020, 14% of adults reported having a substance ...

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