April is Alcohol Awareness Month
Published on April 5, 2023
April is Alcohol Awareness Month, a time to raise awareness about the risks of excessive alcohol consumption and promote healthy habits. This is an important issue for lawyers, as studies show that they are at a higher risk of developing drinking problems compared to other professions.
A recent study found that as many as 36% of licensed, employed attorneys consume alcohol at levels consistent with problem drinking, compared with 12% of other professionals.
Here are some tips to help lawyers manage their alcohol consumption and promote healthy habits:
- Set limits: It’s important to know your limits and avoid excessive alcohol consumption. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism defines low-risk drinking as no more than 3 drinks per day for women and no more than 4 drinks per day for men, with no more than 7 drinks per week for women and 14 drinks per week for men.
- Avoid drinking to cope with stress: Lawyers face high levels of stress on a daily basis, and alcohol can seem like an easy way to unwind. However, drinking to cope with stress can lead to a vicious cycle of dependence and addiction. Instead, try healthy coping mechanisms like exercise, meditation, or talking to a mental health professional.
- Seek help: If you’re struggling with alcohol addiction, it’s important to seek help. The Alabama State Bar offers a Lawyers Helpline and a Lawyer Assistance Program that both provide confidential support and resources for lawyers struggling with addiction and mental health issues.
- Promote healthy drinking culture: Lawyers often work in environments where alcohol is readily available, such as networking events or after-work drinks. It’s important to promote a healthy drinking culture that encourages responsible drinking and respects individual limits.
- Lead by example: As a lawyer, you have a unique opportunity to lead by example and promote healthy behaviors in your workplace and community. By practicing responsible drinking habits and supporting others who struggle with alcohol addiction, you can make a positive impact on the legal profession and beyond.
Remember, alcohol addiction is a serious issue that can have long-term consequences for your health, career, and personal relationships. By raising awareness about the risks of excessive drinking and promoting healthy drinking habits, you can help create a safer, healthier, and more supportive legal community.