- A study finds that lawyers are much more likely to be problem drinkers than the general population, writes Patrick Krill
- They are particularly reluctant to come forward and seek help for fear of damaging their reputation, Krill says
Patrick R. Krill is a licensed attorney, board certified alcohol and drug counselor, author and advocate. He is the director of the Legal Professionals Program at the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. The opinions expressed in this commentary are his.
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