Study: Gays 7 Times More Likely To Take Drugs

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Gays 'seven times more likely to take illegal drugs than general population'

  • One in five show signs of dependency on drugs or alcohol according to study by university
  • Cannabis, 'poppers', cocaine, and ecstasy among the most widely used
By Daily Mail Reporter
PUBLISHED: 13:18 EST, 23 September 2012 | UPDATED: 01:50 EST, 24 September 2012
Gay people are seven times more likely to take illegal drugs than the general population, a new study conducted over two years has found.

And one in five show signs of dependency on drugs or alcohol.

The report, conducted by the Lesbian and Gay Foundation (LGF) and the University of Central Lancashire, sampled more than 4,000 people over two years.

More than a third of gay, lesbian and bisexual people took at least one illegal drug in the last month, according to the study - the largest of its kind to date.

This compares to 5 per cent of the wider population who admitted using a drug in the last month in the Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW).

According to the researchers the most widely used substances among those surveyed were party drugs such as cannabis and 'poppers' - a liquid nitrite sold in a small bottle and inhaled.


These were followed by powder cocaine, ecstasy, ketamine and amphetamines.

The study, reported in the Independent on Sunday, found they were 10 times more likely to have used cocaine in the last month than the wider population, and 13 times more likely to have used ketamine.

The use of heroin use was similar among both populations.
However crack cocaine use was again higher among the gay community.

David Stuart, education, training and outreach manager at London Friend, the UK's only targeted LGBT drug and alcohol service, told the paper feelings of "rejection" and "fear" as well as "shame around sex" could contribute to drug use.

Kitty Richardson, 25, who runs the Most Cake, a blog for lesbians in London, said the scene had a lot to answer for.

She added: 'People are very quick to label gay people as troubled, or inherently needing those crutches, but all our methods of socialising revolve around drink or drugs.'

She added that this can lead to dependency.

The research was carried out at Pride events, which celebrate gay, lesbian and bisexual culture, and through online and postal surveys.

The research also found that whereas drug use in the general population declined with age - almost as many lesbian, gay and bisexual 36- to 40-year-olds were taking drugs as their younger counterparts.

Drug counsellor Sarah Graham, from London, told the Independent on Sunday her own experiences of being subjected to homophobic bullying was a factor in her battle with addiction, which at one point saw her spending £600 a week on drugs and alcohol, such as cannabis, speed and acid, and then cocaine.

She said: 'A lesbian, gay or bisexual person presenting in treatment can have specific traumas, in which workers need to be trained.'
 

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Don't the gay need the anal nitrate to enjoy themselves?
 

LiddyRules

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Weed falls under the category of "party drug?"

And why is this surprising. Gays generally like having a good time.
 

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What else is there to do in the tent when you run out of manly conversation?
 

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Paris Hilton was right after all.

The libs will say its evil right wingers faults for making them feel bad for being gay.
 

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Paris Hilton was right after all.

The libs will say its evil right wingers faults for making them feel bad for being gay.
You are an odd duck sir.

So many good jokes to be made on this topic and you went for that angle?

You obviously need to shove drugs down your throat to get a dick shoved up your ass. ;)
 

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Yeah but don't ya gotta practice? How do you not give up after the first go?
Practice helps, but again, if you know what you're doing, it won't hurt. It should only be a bit uncomfortable until the asshole adjusts (and not even that for some people). That can anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes.

Hey AH, how many drugs have you done?
None. Not even a joint.
 

LiddyRules

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You are an odd duck sir.

So many good jokes to be made on this topic and you went for that angle?
He couldn't even find the sexiness in the Texas spanking story.

You obviously need to shove drugs down your throat to get a dick shoved up your ass. ;)
I've been doing it wrong. But it still feels so right.
 

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Funny you mention that...

I've just never had an interest in doing it. Same thing with drinking.
Never having a drink just confuses me... but maybe that's just because of where I was raised. People raised in other parts of the country (especially cities) seem to be exposed to alcohol a lot less. I understand if people were raised by an alcoholic, but to just not feel curious for pretty much no reason seems weird.

Then again, I'm a drunk.
 

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Atlanta's all about the cock apparently.
Little known fact: Jizz has hallucinogenic properties. One swallowed load is all it takes to witness the final battle between the wizards and the laser-firing cyber-unicorns.
 

Lord Zero

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Never having a drink just confuses me... but maybe that's just because of where I was raised. People raised in other parts of the country (especially cities) seem to be exposed to alcohol a lot less. I understand if people were raised by an alcoholic, but to just not feel curious for pretty much no reason seems weird.

Then again, I'm a drunk.
I've tasted alcohol before. I just don't like it (and that was before I lived with an alcoholic).
 

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Little known fact: Jizz has hallucinogenic properties. One swallowed load is all it takes to witness the final battle between the wizards and the laser-firing cyber-unicorns.
Stop trying to lure the younger folk to your side with tales of Magic and Wizardrrrhy.....
 

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Little known fact: Jizz has hallucinogenic properties. One swallowed load is all it takes to witness the final battle between the wizards and the laser-firing cyber-unicorns.
That isn't true.