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Pandemic-related changes in alcohol use among LGB+ people with and without mental health and neurodevelopmental conditions : a multinational cross-sectional study

Abstract

Purpose. Using data from 36,981 respondents to the Global Drug Survey COVID-19 Special Edition (GDS) this study aimed to compare changes, following the first ‘lockdown’, in alcohol consumption between LGB+ and heterosexual respondents with and without lifetime mental health and neurodevelopmental (MHND) conditions. Design/method/approach. Characteristics and drinking behavior of respondents to GDS who disclosed their sexual orientation, and past 30-day alcohol use were described and compared. LGB+ participants with and without MHND conditions were compared and logistic regression models identified correlates of increased drinking among LGB+ people. The impact of changed drinking on the lives of LGB+ participants with and without MHND conditions was assessed. Findings. LGB+ participants who reported they were “not coping well at all” with the pandemic had 2-fold greater odds of reporting increased binge drinking. LGB+ participants with MHND conditions were significantly more likely than those without to report increased drinking frequency (18.7% vs 12.4%), quantity (13.8% vs 8.8%) and that changed drinking had impacted their lives. Originality. This study, which has a uniquely large and international sample, explores aspects of alcohol use not considered in other COVID-19 alcohol use research with LGB+ people and is the first to explore alcohol use among LGB+ people with MHND conditions. 

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Authors

Connolly, Dean
Gilchrist, Gail
Ferris, Jason
Puljevic, Cheneal
Maier, Larissa
Barratt, Monica
Winstsock, Adam
Davies, Emma

Oxford Brookes departments

Department of Psychology, Health and Professional Development

Dates

Year of publication: 2023
Date of RADAR deposit: 2023-11-10


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