Other reasons for continued abuse

Another reason for high substance misuse is that in many areas the only places we can socialise are gay pubs and clubs; added to which there is a belief that alcohol, drug and tobacco use are accepted (and sometimes encouraged) ways of coping with homophobia.

There is reluctance amongst some LGBT communities to acknowledge that we have a problem and we are often encouraged to drink a lot at pride events which are usually sponsored by gay pubs and clubs.

Some heterosexual young people who drink a lot, do drugs and smoke, often stop when they get older with the responsibilities of having a family. Research shows that many LGBT people continue to drink too much, use drugs and smoke throughout our lives.