GLBs More Likely to Seek Alcohol Treatment

While gay, lesbian and bisexual individuals have an increased likelihood of alcohol use disorders, they are also more likely than their straight counterparts to get treatment, according to the findings of a new study published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence.

Using data from the National Epidemiological Survey on Alcohol-related Conditions, researchers examined factors such as utilization rates, self-reported treatment barriers and what differences emerged in different groups based on various factors.

Bisexuals were more likely to report barriers than straight and gay and lesbian individuals, researchers said.

“These findings underscored the importance of identifying and developing interventions that address treatment barriers associated with alcohol use service utilization among GLB populations,” researchers wrote in the study.

They advised increased and improved efforts to “better address stigmas associated with substance use and sexuality.”

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