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LGBTQ+ Substance use & treatment experiences survey

May 16, 2022

The University of South Wales wants to find out more about the experiences of LGBTQ+ groups in relation to their alcohol and drug use. The survey also aims to find out about treatment experiences and whether there is an underrepresentation of LGBTQ+ groups within treatment services, and if so, why this might be.

This project aims to increase understanding of how people within the LGBTQ+ community experience substance use and their engagement with current service provision. The study will be in collaboration with Gwent Drug, Alcohol Services (GDAS).

People within the LGBTQ+ community are at higher risk of having mental health issues, suicidal ideation, substance use and self-harm, than heterosexual and cis gendered people. It has been reported by Stonewall that 16% (1 in 6) of LGBTQ+ people drink alcohol almost every day and a further 13% (1 in 8) LGBTQ+ people aged 18-24 took drugs at least once a month.

Further, LGBTQ+ people demonstrate a higher likelihood of being substance dependent and have high levels of substance dependency. Research suggests that more LGBTQ+ people use stimulant drugs and use opiates to a similar extent as people in the rest of the population.

The primary research objective is to conduct research that increases our  understanding of LGBTQ+ people’s substance use problems and their help seeking behaviours.

The project has two broad aims: (1) to increase understanding of substance use problems among people within the LGBTQ+ community, and (2) to identify the barriers to/facilitators of substance use treatment entry among LGBTQ+ people.  By drawing on the lived experiences of LGBTQ+ people with substance use problems, the research will help to fill an important gap in knowledge and ultimately reduce harm and save lives.

Survey participants can enter a prize draw to win one of three Argos £50 vouchers if they wish.

Survey HERE.