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Part of the Picture - LGB Drugs and Alcohol Research

23 May 2014 - 11:02 by michelle.foster

The Lesbian and Gay Foundation (LGF) are delighted to let you know of the launch of Part of the Picture: findings from a 5 year study into lesbian, gay and bisexual people’s alcohol and drug use. A suite of reports presenting the study’s findings is available online here: www.lgf.org.uk/potp.

The Part of the Picture (POTP) research project is a five-year partnership between The LGF and the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), funded by the Big Lottery Fund's research programme between 2009-2014.

POTP has three main aims:
• The establishment of an England-wide database of lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) people’s drug and alcohol use
• The use of the database to directly inform local and national policy and practice in addressing the drug and alcohol use of LGB people
• An improved knowledge and understanding of the needs of LGB drug and alcohol users amongst drug and alcohol agencies, through dissemination of the research findings

The study found evidence of significant problematic substance use among the LGB community:
• Across all age groups LGB people are much more likely to use drugs than the general population
• Problematic patterns of drinking are much more common among LGB people
• LGB people demonstrate a higher likelihood of being substance dependent and show high levels of substance dependency
• Those scoring as substance dependent are more likely to seek help, although from informal sources rather than specialist services
• A third of respondents who scored as substance dependent would not seek information, advice or treatment, even if they were worried about their drug or alcohol use
• LGB people may be more vulnerable to developing dependent and problematic relationships with drugs and alcohol
• Significant barriers exist to seeking information, advice or help among LGB people

A suite of reports present the study’s findings and detail the methodology and sample.

LGF are keen to build on these findings through the recommendations outlined in the briefing sheets for commissioners and policy makers, GPs, drug and alcohol service providers, the LGB&T voluntary and community sector and researchers.

If you would like further support around implementing the recommendations locally, or can share examples of existing good practice, email: researc h@lgf.org.uk

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