Jun 8, 2012

CHEERS? HAPPY DAZE? ¨Bisexual students and those questioning their sexual orientation are more at risk of alcohol abuse than their gay and straight counterparts...

Researchers from the University of Missouri looked at over 2,000 new students who were surveyed twice a year about their sexual orientation and behaviour for four years.

The students were subdivided into straight, gay, bisexual, mostly gay and mostly straight and were asked about the frequency with which they drank, why they drank and the negative consequences they experienced of drinking.

Amelia Talley, MU assistant professor of psychological sciences in the College of Arts and Science said: “Bisexuals and students whose sexual orientation was in flux reported the heaviest drinking and most negative consequences from alcohol use, such as uncontrolled drinking and withdrawal symptoms.

“Those groups reported drinking to relieve anxiety and depression at higher rates than strictly heterosexual or homosexual individuals. One possible explanation is that people who aren’t either completely heterosexual or homosexual may feel stigmatized by both groups...¨ there is more, HERE

· Thanks to Pink News, United Kingdom, sidebar
· Thanks to Stephen Gray
· Thanks to Amelia Talley
· Thanks to University of Missouri

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