How does drug use differ between those who identify as heterosexual versus those who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender (GLBT)?
In 2012, NDARC researchers included questions in our annual survey of regular ecstasy users asking participants about their sexual orientation as well as their patterns of drug use, sexual practices, mental health issues, level of risk taking and body image. The data from the 607 survey participants allows us to make some observations about both the similarities and the differences between heterosexual and GLBT regular ecstasy users.
As researcher Rachel Sutherland explains, heterosexual & GLBT participants both:
To see the statistics in detail, take a look at Rachel Sutherland's presentation, A comparison of heterosexual & GLBT participants: same same but different?
It is important to remember this data was drawn from a sample of regular ecstasy users - that is, it is not representative of the general population. A survey of other populations may return different trends.
If you're interested in recent GLBT drug and alcohol research, take a look at this report on the prevalence of mental health, alcohol and other drug problems among GLBT populations, and the effectiveness of treatments for these groups.
Or you can read why these academics think the drug and alcohol field should support gay marriage.