Launch of All Partied OUT? Research Report
The Rainbow Project will today (30th March) launch a major report on the use of drugs, alcohol and cigarettes within Northern Ireland’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGB&T) community. Although research in other countries suggests that the use of these substances is particularly high among LGB&T people, this is the first study on the issue in Northern Ireland. Funded by the Public Health Agency (PHA), the findings are based on a survey of 941 LGB&T people as well as interviews and focus groups. Key findings of All Partied OUT? include:
The report author, Eoin Rooney, stated “higher use of these substances among LGB&T people is not entirely surprising. Disadvantaged groups tend to use alcohol, drugs and cigarettes more than others and the LGB&T community is one of the most stigmatised in Northern Ireland”.
The report recommends that drug and alcohol service providers receive training in LGB&T issues and that public health campaigns on substance abuse target the LGB&T community.
Speaking at the launch of this report, Dr Eddie Rooney, Chief Executive, PHA, said: “The Public Health Agency was set up to promote and enhance the factors that influence good health and wellbeing and to reduce the avoidable and unjust differences in health experienced by the best and the worst-off in our society. We know that the LGB&T community, like other disadvantaged groups, has a higher incidence of smoking and substance misuse, all of which are likely to have a substantial, negative impact on their physical and mental health.
“We are pleased that this PHA funded research will provide a valuable source of evidence, not only to inform future awareness-raising work, but also to promote positive lifestyle choices among this key group.”
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