Do Law Firms Enable Alcoholism?

, The Am Law Daily


A culture of work-related drinking persists in many places in Big Law—and that can cause problems in a profession that is especially prone to heavy drinking.

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  • Jakub

    I think is quite normal to drink after work couple of beers with colleagues or at home some fine chilled wine with a wife. Everything with common sense.

  • The Commodore

    As I was steadily streaming my way through Mad Men last year, I could not help but to repeatedly remark to my wife how much the office and client entertainment culture depicted in Mad Men (almost always alcohol-fueled, if one is familiar with the show, with healthy doses of sex, affairs, intrigue and other high drama) reminded me quite strongly and distinctly of my time in a mid-sized Manhattan firm over the course of a number of years. Circa 2010.

  • Barbara

    Law schools groom lawyers in many ways, including having alcohol (mainly beer) at many student functions. Then add the drinking that occurs during summer associate programs and you‘ve got a continuing culture. Schools as well as firms need to change the culture.

  • Bob Pladek

    While I believe the stats, and the continued admonitions are good things, there is a tremendous difference between accepted professional behavior today and how it was 30 years ago. If 1/3 of lawyers today drink too much, the number had to be over 50% back then. Looking back on was damn scary. And damn juvenile.

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