US Study reveals gay and lesbian teens more prone to binge drinking
A study conducted by OutProud: The National Coalition for Gay, Lesbian, Transgender, and Bisexual Youth has revealed lesbian and gay teens are more prone to binge drinking.
The study suggests outside stresses caused by difficult social situations, homophobia and social isolation - which can lead to victimisation - may be at the heart of the increased alcohol consumption.
Previous research conducted by OutProud already concluded LGBT people faced higher incidences of physical and mental health issues.
To come up with the results OutProud analysed the responses from 1,232 LGBT teenagers aged between 12 and 18 years. Of those taking the online survey, 16 percent identified as lesbian and 84 percent as gay.
According to the study, internalised homophobia was also a significant contributor to binge drinking. The report also said participants reported greater psychological distress when they experienced violence or victimisation, if they had internalized homophobia, and if they had made their sexual orientation known.
The study was presented at the 2014 Pediatric Academic Societies annual meeting in Vancouver.