LGBTQ+ and Substance Use Disorders

Uncontrolled consumption of alcohol - alcoholizm disease


Data presented by the National Survey on Drug and Health. (NSDUH)

  • In 2018 37.8% of sexual minority adults, 18 and older reported marijuana use in that year, compared to 16.2% reported by the overall adult population.1
  • Opioid use (including misuse of prescription opioids or heroin use) was also higher with 9% of sexual minority adults aged 26 or older, an increase from 6.4% since 2017.
  • Research shows that alcohol and tobacco product use has skyrocketed in the past 10 years from 2010 to 2020 in the LGBTQ+ community.