Differences in substance use between sexual orientations: results from the Global Drug Survey 2015

Demant, Daniel, Hides, Leanne, Kavanagh, David J., White, Katherine M., Winstock, Adam R. and Ferris, Jason (2016) Differences in substance use between sexual orientations: results from the Global Drug Survey 2015. Journal of Public Health, . doi:10.1093/pubmed/fdw069


Author Demant, Daniel
Hides, Leanne
Kavanagh, David J.
White, Katherine M.
Winstock, Adam R.
Ferris, Jason
Title Differences in substance use between sexual orientations: results from the Global Drug Survey 2015
Journal name Journal of Public Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1741-3842
1741-3850
Publication date 2016-01-01
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1093/pubmed/fdw069
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Total pages 10
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Oxford University Press
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Background This study examines substance use disparities among homosexual, bisexual and heterosexual adolescents and young adults from nine countries.

Methods Data from 58 963 respondents (aged 16 and 35 years) to the 2015 ‘Global Drug Survey’ were utilized. Rates of lifetime, last-year, last-month use and age of onset of 13 different substances were compared across sexual identity subgroups.

Results Adolescents and young adults with a sexual minority identity generally reported higher rates of substance use and an earlier age of onset compared to their heterosexual counterparts. Differences in substance use were larger among female groups than male groups, and rates of substance use were generally higher among bisexuals than homosexuals of both genders.

Conclusion Higher rates of substance use in bisexuals compared with homosexuals among both genders and larger differences between female groups highlight the importance of differentiating between sexual minority identities in substance use research, and in designing substance misuse interventions for people with a sexual minority identity.
Keyword Adolescents
Drugs
LGBT
Sexual minority
Sexual orientation
Substances
Young adults
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Institute for Social Science Research - Publications
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Created: Tue, 25 Oct 2016, 23:13:53 EST by Jason Ferris on behalf of School of Social Science