Psychotherapist Rebecca Ward and barrister Rick Green consider the hard truths of drinking and the legal profession

As a psychotherapist, one of the questions I often debate, particularly with my clinical supervisor, is whether you ask patients about their current pharmacological intake. However, when I pose this question, it is not limited to beta-blockers or aspirin. Those things are traditionally considered related to formal medication, which is the notion that usually guides people’s responses. When I ask the question, though, it references all the uppers and downers, such as coffee and alcohol.

Medical and physiological realities

Alcohol is, in fact, an essential part of any conversation about the role of substances in people’s lives. Unfortunately, it is rarely appreciated or understood for what it is. Cl...

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