Gays more likely to abuse drugs, study finds

  • metta

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    Nov 12, 2013 6:08 PM GMT
    Gays more likely to abuse drugs, study finds

    http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/gays-more-likely-abuse-drugs-study-finds121113
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    Nov 12, 2013 10:39 PM GMT
    No surprise there. I don't do drugs! I can't even if I wanted. I work in health care and can be force into a drug test at anytime!
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    Nov 12, 2013 10:42 PM GMT
    Statistically I'm less likely to do things cause any survey says more people just like me do them. When all those sheep start tumbling down a cliff, I'm chilling out by the riverside.
  • HottJoe

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    Nov 12, 2013 11:25 PM GMT
    Oh, good. Then I don't have to feel so bad.icon_biggrin.gificon_razz.gif
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    Nov 12, 2013 11:28 PM GMT
    HottJoe saidOh, good. Then I don't have to feel so bad.icon_biggrin.gificon_razz.gif
    Suck your dick for some crack!
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    Nov 13, 2013 3:37 AM GMT
    Not these 2 gays lol
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    Nov 13, 2013 3:37 AM GMT
    I think it is how you are raised. I would never abuse alcohol or drugs. Actually don't do drugs. I wonder who are they polling from.
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    Nov 13, 2013 4:43 AM GMT
    The statistician in me wonders how the researchers obtained a random sample. How do you get a random sample of gay people? I'm serious, it's very hard to do. And without a random sample, the study results are meaningless.
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    Nov 13, 2013 5:37 AM GMT
    Well our Mayor Rob Ford is not gay and he smokes crack.
  • FRE0

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    Nov 13, 2013 6:57 AM GMT
    When I was 17, I decided never to ingest ethanol or use other drugs. From years of observation, I think that I made a good decision. I've known many people who have destroyed their lives and hurt others as the result of using those substances.
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    Nov 13, 2013 1:44 PM GMT
    soulman1969 saidWell our Mayor Rob Ford is not gay and he smokes crack.

    But he got elected mayor of a major city and he seems to have taken care of that amazing body, so in some ways drugs have paid off quite well for him.
  • stratavos

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    Nov 13, 2013 3:32 PM GMT
    thebearerofbadnews saidnothing new there. it makes sense obviously.


    ^ beat me to it
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    Nov 13, 2013 3:48 PM GMT
    thebearerofbadnews saidnothing new there. it makes sense obviously.


    Absolutely, it is essential for us to fill the emptiness of our superficial, and ultimately, lonely lives. LOL icon_razz.gif
  • SomeSiciliano...

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    Nov 13, 2013 4:57 PM GMT
    To paraphrase Mark Twain there are lies, damn lies and statistics icon_rolleyes.gif.

    I'd love to know the experimental design behind this 'survey'. I'm not saying that chemical abuse is not a major problem in the LGBT culture. Anecdotally speaking most of us agree with the 'no shit' conclusion. But relative to hetero people who grew up in abusive(or in absent) parent homes, suffering from co-existing psychological/cognitive impairment factors or with limited education I'd say the percentage is equal (if not greater).
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    Nov 13, 2013 5:14 PM GMT
    SomeSicilianoGuy said
    To paraphrase Mark Twain there are lies, damn lies and statistics icon_rolleyes.gif.

    I'd love to know the experimental design behind this 'survey'. I'm not saying that chemical abuse is not a major problem in the LGBT culture. Anecdotally speaking most of us agree with the study's conclusion. But relative to hetero people who grew up in abusive(or in absent) parent homes or suffering from co-existing psychological/cognitive impairment factors I'd say the percentage equal (if not greater).


    I think thats the point. Gay people struggle and have to overcome more and so turn to drugs. I don't think the point is that gay people are inherently druggies or bad people.

    While I was in nursing school I wrote a paper on this topic and there is ample evidence supporting this study. It makes sense.

    You also factor in that the police in many places have a rocky relationship with the gay community and are trying to appear more tolerant which makes cracking down on gay clubs which can be notorious for drug use very difficult.

    And unlike other cultures that other forms of socialization, because until recently being gay was so hidden, the only place often for young gays to socialize was in clubs which encourage alcohol abuse.

    Studies like this are good because they highlight the reality that there is a problem.
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    Nov 13, 2013 5:21 PM GMT
    OnceUponATime said



    I don't think the point is that gay people are inherently druggies or bad people.


    And unlike other cultures that other forms of socialization, because until recently being gay was so hidden, the only place often for young gays to socialize was in clubs which encourage alcohol abuse.

    Studies like this are good because they highlight the reality that there is a problem.


    I totally agree!!!....dont get me wrong. I am not minimizing the seriousness of the problem. What peeves me about these well intended studies is that the implication points to chem abuse being more rampant in the gay community compared to other at risk groups.
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    Nov 13, 2013 5:25 PM GMT
    I didn't get that from it at all. I got from it that LGBT groups are at risk and this is proof they need help - like at other risk groups.
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    Mar 11, 2014 6:16 PM GMT
    I understand peoples concern about giving homophobes a free kick but it's true that attitudes to substance abuse are much more liberal for many but not all gays and combine that with being more likely to be socially isolated never mind the more extreme sexual practices that now seem accepted as standard that require guys to be wasted to engage in no wonder this is how it is. I think we minimise everything and claim discrimination if someone points out a truth that scares us but maybe it's time to make this more public before it destroys more of our younger and of course socially isolated of every age.