LGBT or LGBTQ Addicts
Since we published the original Addictionary in 1992, we have learned a lot more about Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) addicts. Some include the letter Q for those who identify as queer, or are questioning their sexual identity, as LGBTQ.
Higher Rates of Addiction?
Several articles claim that substance abuse issues are higher among the LBGTQ population, perhaps 20 to 30 percent compared with maybe 9 percent of the general population. This one, from 2012, says that:
- Tobacco use is up to twice that of non-LGBTQ peers.
- Alcohol abuse is 2.5 to 5 times that of others.
- Men who have sex with men are up to 3.5 times more likely to use marijuana.
- These man are 12 times more likely to use amphetamines.
- They are also 9 times more likely to use heroin.
They suggest that the stress caused by LGBTQ or minority issues play a big part, along with discrimination in employment, housing, relationship recognition, and health care. Other factors include cultural competency, socialization, marketing, and politics.
The Association of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Addiction Professionals and Their Allies is a good resource for LGBTQ issues in addiction, especially substance abuse.
“NALGAP’s mission is to confront all forms of oppression and discriminatory practices in the delivery of services to all people and to advocate for programs and services that affirm all genders and sexual orientations. NALGAP provides information, training, networking, and advocacy about addiction and related problems, and support for those engaged in the health professions, individuals in recovery, and others concerned about the health of gender and sexual minorities.”
Rutgers Center for Alcohol Studies
607 Allison Road, Room 209A
Piscataway, NJ 08854-8001
This article discusses LGBT populations and eating disorders. It suggests that gay males were 7 times more likely to report bingeing, and 12 times more likely to report purging than heterosexual males. Females were about twice as likely to report binge eating at least once a month in the past year.
Another article from 2014 focuses on gay men with eating disorders, and says the medical field hasn’t caught up:
Updated 16 Sep 2015
Addictionary 2 by Jan & Judy Wilson
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