The Lesbian & Gay Foundation have released the Part of the Picture 2009-2011 report exploring substance use amongst lesbian, gay and bisexual people in England.
Key findings include:
- 34% of gay and bisexual males, and 29% of lesbian and bisexual females, reported binge drinking at least once or twice a week
- Binge drinking is more than twice as common amongst lesbian, gay and bisexual people when compared with the wider population
- Lesbian, gay and bisexual people demonstrate a higher likelihood of being substance dependent
- Significant barriers exist to seeking information, advice or help about substance use issues amongst lesbian, gay or bisexual people
The Part of the Picture (POTP) research project is a five-year partnership between The Lesbian & Gay Foundation (LGF) and the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan). It aims to establish a national database of lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) people’s drug and alcohol use; to use the database to inform local and national policy and practice in addressing the drug and alcohol use of LGB people; and to improve knowledge and understanding of the needs of LGB people amongst drug and alcohol agencies through dissemination of the research findings.