What is the result of all this stress? As previously noted in the Beck, Sales, and Benjamin study, more and more attorneys are turning to alcohol as a "stress reliever." Also, a higher percentage of lawyers are dissatisfied with their personal relationships than the "normal population." A poll conducted for the New York Law Journal by a Manhattan polling firm found that of the lawyers polled who had been divorced, fifty-six percent asserted that their careers in the law had contributed to the breakup of their marriages. Of great concern is the fact that an increasing number of attorneys are contemplating leaving the profession to escape the stress and overall dissatisfaction that they are experiencing.
James J. A. Alfini & Joseph N. Van Vooren, Is There a Solution to the Problem of Lawyer Stress - The Law School Perspective, 10 J.L. & Health 61 (1995-1996)