Evidence Exchange of LGBT Statistics

Welcome to LGBT Foundation’s Evidence Exchange, an evidence base of statistics about lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) needs and experiences.

Topics range from healthcare to homophobia and schools to safer sex. The evidence base is continuously updated to include new research, and all records include as much information about the statistic as possible.

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The most regularly used drugs by gay and bisexual men are alcohol (87%), tobacco (53%), poppers (43%), cannabis (31%) and cocaine (16%).

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Substance Misuse: Alcohol, Drugs, Smoking

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Lesbian and bisexual women are four times more likely (26.9%) to have taken a drug in the last year than heterosexual women (6.8%).

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Substance Misuse: Drugs

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Gay and Bisexual men are three times more likely (38.2%) to have taken a drug in the last year than heterosexual men (13.3%).

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Substance Misuse: Drugs

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LGB people are more likely to have taken a drug in the last year (32.8%) than heterosexual people (10%). They are also more likely to have taken a class A drug (11.1%) than heterosexual people (3.6%) in the last year.

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Substance Misuse: Drugs

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39% of gay men who smoke, on average have 11-20 cigarettes a day.

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Substance Misuse: Smoking

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12% of LGBT people strongly agreed that substance use is likely to increase when people are thinking of coming out. 32% agreed, 8% disagreed and 3% strongly disagreed.

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Substance Misuse: Drugs
Mental Health: Coming Out

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84% of LGBT people reported drinking alcohol in the last month.

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Substance Misuse: Alcohol

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86% of LGBT people reported experiencing some sort of problem as a result of their alcohol use.

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Substance Misuse: Alcohol

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40% of LGBT people reported experiencing problems as a result of their substance use.

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Substance Misuse: Drugs

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80% of LGBT people report having used at least one substance (including tobacco but excluding alcohol) on at least one occasion.

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Substance Misuse: Drugs

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