The 2014 biography of law-enforcement brandname, Eliot Ness, by Douglas Perry, speculates about his eventual downward trajectory.
One factor, the book posits, was his inherent insecurity. From the get-go, he was a depressive. He tried too hard. That gave folks the ammo to do everything from making things more difficult for him to ignoring his strengths. He wound up a drunk, dying in his early 50s.
For lawyers who struggle with alcoholism, many find out in rehab or other recovery modes, that they are probably people-pleasers. They manage the pain of feeling less-than by trying way too hard at everything. When that doesn't work, they take flight into excessive drinking. Soon enough alcohol becomes a must-have substance.
As lawyers and law students observe they are misusing alcohol it might be useful to ask themselves: What am I trying too hard to do? Emotional health, some psychiatric experts contend, means navigating life fairly effortlessly. We're in-tune with the world. So we read it right as we go. We make the necessary course correction without a lot of angst.
Role models in the legal sector for not trying too hard range from David Boies to Mark Herrrmann. In legal journalism, a hot field, the role models include Kathryn Rubino and Joe Patrice. Their coverage isn't painful to read. The Law of Attraction seems to play out in their professional lives.