Bloomberg Law
May 12, 2021, 6:01 PM

Women Lawyers More Stressed, Drinking More Than Men, Study Says

Melissa Heelan
Melissa Heelan

Overworked women lawyers experience more mental health problems and engage in high-risk drinking at a greater rate than male colleagues, a survey of nearly 3,000 attorneys in California and the District of Columbia found.

The study released Wednesday by the California Lawyers Association and the D.C. Bar found more women screening positive for hazardous drinking than in the past. About a third, or 34%, reported high-risk or hazardous drinking compared with 25.4% of men. It’s a snapshot showing a reversal of trends generally finding men engaging more frequently in substance abuse.

More women are in a “materially worse place across ...

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