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Addicts Can Be High-Functioning: What Lawyers Need to Know

They say, “work hard, play hard.” Unfortunately, this adage may normalize workplace behavior that can be very dangerous. In fact, a 2015 study found that workaholics are more likely to drink in excess than their peers. At many major firms, lawyers routinely work up to 60-hour weeks, so it’s no surprise they are especially susceptible to workaholism and addiction. Until recently, the potential consequences of a workaholic culture — addiction, anxiety and depression — were rarely spoken about.

Originally published December 14, 2017
Last updated September 24, 2020
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