Kevin Poulter is concerned about the health of the profession after an alocohol-free month

As I have in previous years, I resolved to abstain from alcohol for the month of January. I thought I was being good. I thought I was being sensible, maybe even inspirational. I may have been doing this for myself, testing my willpower perhaps.

Alcohol abuse among lawyers is twice the national average and, in 2010, 80 per cent of calls from lawyers to LawCare relating to alcohol abuse blamed their drinking on work related stress. From the Bar, 33 per cent of calls related to alcohol abuse.

And LawCare expect the numbers to be much higher than the calls they receive. They think that the reason they don’t have more addiction calls is because &ldq...

Jean-Yves Gilg
Editor
Solicitors Journal

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