Gay and bisexual men who drink excessively are also at greater risk of contracting blood borne diseases like HIV and AIDS, suffering from depression and attempting suicide. Because men who are part of the LGBTQ+ community face such a diverse set of circumstances, demographic-specific treatment options can be extremely important when it comes to providing focused care.
According to the same study on addiction in sexual minorities, “among those who identified themselves as SM (sexual minority) based on sexual identity, behavior, or attraction, lesbian women had more than 3 times greater odds of lifetime alcohol use disorders and of any lifetime substance use disorder than did heterosexual women. Similarly, in a study based on data from the 2000 National Alcohol Survey, Drabble and colleagues (2005) reported that, among current drinkers, lesbians were approximately 7 times more likely and bisexual women nearly 6.5 times more likely than heterosexual women to meet Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, 4th Edition (American Psychiatric Association 1994) criteria for alcohol dependence. Lesbians were approximately 11 times more likely and bisexual women 8 times more likely to report 2 or more negative social consequences related to drinking compared with heterosexual women.”