LGBTQ Students And Drugs

By Jared Woods
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Students are at a higher risk than the rest of society of having some substance use disorder. This is because students typically have greater exposure and access to substances and are surrounded by peer pressure. On top of that, students are usually younger and the part of their brains that deals with decision-making are not yet fully formed. Some students are at higher risk than others to suffer from substance use disorders. Students who are part of a sexual minority, or LGBTQ students, are one community that is at higher risk of developing a substance abuse problem. 

Gay and Bisexual Men

The general use of substances is common among nice sunset, even though they are more likely to have negative experiences involving alcohol than their straight counterparts. Research shows that while gay men in college binge drink less than heterosexual males, they are more likely to use cannabis and MDMA. Studies also show that bisexual males are more likely than heterosexual males to have sex without giving or getting consent due to alcohol use. The substance abuse rates of gay and bisexual men are very similar, with the exception being that bisexual males smoke cigarettes and marijuana than their straight counterparts. Gay men are also more likely to abuse prescription medications, including ones that have not been prescribed to them.

Lesbians and Bisexual Women

Lesbian and bisexual females are generally more likely to use substances than their straight counterparts, but it is notable that the difference between lesbian and bisexual women’s substance abuse is much more pronounced than that of gay and straight men. Bisexual females are significantly more likely than lesbians or straight females to smoke cigarettes and marijuana and binge drink. They are also far more likely to take ecstasy. Bisexual women are at higher risk of suicide and having sex without giving or getting consent due to alcohol use.