Study to look at alcohol use by queer women
Volunteers are being sought for a new study that will take a look at alcohol use and mental health among lesbian, bisexual and same-sex attracted women.
A collaboration between lesbian health researchers at the University of Melbourne and alcohol experts at Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre, findings from the ALICE study (Alcohol and Lesbian/bisexual women: Insights into Culture and Emotions) will be used to provide recommendations for improving healthcare services.
Chief Investigator, Associate Professor Ruth McNair said the study which has been funded by Beyondblue will examine alcohol use in the lesbian and bisexual communities and its relationship with health, emotional wellbeing, healthcare needs, and things like social connectedness, abuse and discrimination.
“We aim to better understand how cultural norms and social attitudes interact with drinking patterns and mental health among same-sex attracted women,” she said.
“We will also explore what factors help and hinder women seeking professional support for alcohol or mental health issues.”
Turning Point Director, Professor Dan Lubman, said there was very little research in the area to date.
“This study will help us develop training programs that ensure treatment services provide culturally appropriate advice and care,” he said.
A study of almost 900 lesbian and bisexual women released by the Western Australian Centre for Health Promotion Research (WACHPR) at Curtin University in late August found nearly a third drank at levels that would be classified as ‘binge drinking’.
Same-sex attracted women over the age of 18 are invited to complete the ALICE study, with results expected to be available in 2014.
To take part in the survey or for more information, visit www.alicestudy.net.au
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