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Stress, Lawyers, Drink and Drugs


Wednesday, October 8th, 2008 Stress, Lawyers, Drink and Drugs

Alcohol abuse according to a survey to be published this week is “endemic” and more specifically the use of hard core drugs is becoming more prevalent in city law firms. So Why?

According to (F.Gibb 06 10 08 - The Times) Long hours and stress are driving increasing numbers of lawyers to drink and drugs, both within and outside the workplace.

Notwithstanding, it has also been claimed by “Legal Business” that there is evidence of “cocaine clubs” in law firms’ basements and of partner-led games of poker and taking cocaine with clients. But it also finds that law firms are ignorant or indifferent to the problem. One lawyer is quoted: “I spanked £100,000 on cocaine in one year and no one noticed.

This seems to be bourne out as one argument put forward suggests the legal profession do not give a damn as long as their are profits.

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