Part of the Picture: Year 2 results published

Publish Date: 16/04/2012

Part of the Picture (POTP) aims to establish a national database of lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) people’s drug and alcohol use; to use the database to inform local and national policy and practice in addressing the drug and alcohol use of LGB people; and to improve knowledge and understanding of the needs of LGB people amongst drug and alcohol agencies through dissemination of the research findings.

This report presents the findings from the first two years (2009-10) of POTP, a total sample of 3,049.

The data so far show a high proportion of the sample reporting drug and alcohol use in the last month, high rates of substance dependency, and relatively low levels of concern about alcohol use.

This suggests that there is the potential for hidden harm among LGB people, an issue which needs to be recognised by drug and alcohol services, LGB organisations and by LGB people.

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Key Findings

2 in 5 of respondents said that they had used at least one substance (excluding alcohol) in the last month. The most commonly used substances were cannabis and poppers. Drug taking was reported across all age groups

Over a fifth of respondents reported binge drinking once or twice a week. 10% reported binge drinking 4-5 times a week or daily/almost daily

1 in 4 respondents may be showing signs of dependency in relation to the substance that they are using most or are most worried about

Despite 81% of respondents saying that they would seek information, help or advice if they felt that they needed it, only 29% had actually done so


Data collection will continue with an online survey, postal questionnaires, and a presence at Pride events throughout the summer.

Year 3 report

Findings from the first three years of the project will be presented at a launch of the third year report at The Lesbian & Gay Foundation’s Community Resource Centre on Friday 27th July from 10-1pm (lunch provided).

For more information and to book your place please contact