GLBT Teens and Alcohol and Drugs

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There are a lot of reasons that young people use alcohol and drugs. For example, some feel social pressure, others are bored, depressed, struggling with addiction, or simply looking to have some fun.Unfortunately, GLBT teens are actually at higher risk for problems with substances than are other kids. There are a lot of reasons for this, including the fact that some try to deal with things like homophobia or the inability to come out in a safe environment, by "self-medicating."With these kinds of pressures facing gay teens, it is really important to have accurate information about alcohol or drugs, whether you choose to use substances yourself, or not.

1. Why GLBT Teens Have High Rates of Substance Use

Many studies have found that GLBT teens have high rates of alcohol and drug use. There are a number of reasons for this. Some relate to the fact that too many gay teens struggle with hostile environments and homophobia. There is also the fact that in some gay social circles, alcohol and drugs are just very common.Of course, plenty of GLBT young people don't have problems with substances. But if you do, you might want to know about some important resources...Keep readingMore »

2. Gay Teens Alcohol and Sex: Performance and Safe Sex

If you think alcohol is a quick way to make sex better, or a good method for helping you get over your inhibitions, think again. Though nervousness and fear can make drinking (or using drugs) before sex seem like a good idea, being drunk can actually make sex riskier, and less enjoyable. That's because you are less likely to practice safe sex, and more likely to have performance problems after drinking... Keep readingMore »

3. The Dangers of Mixing Sex and Drinking: Consent and Rape

A lot of teens have sex after drinking, but did you know that a person who is drunk cannot legally consent to have sex?Not only that, but drinking alcohol can actually make it more likely for a teen to be involved in a sexual assault, either as the victim or as the assailant. Here's what you need to know to make sure you are never on either end of this terrible situation...Keep reading More »

4. How for One Gay Teen, Homophobia Lead to Substance Use

Jakalope is a 16-year-old gay teen. He shares a story that a lot of GLBT teens will be able to relate to: turning to drugs and alcohol as a way to deal with homophobia.As he says, "I didn't have anyone to talk to about anything, really. I had a few straight female friends, but no matter how hard they tried, they just didn't really understand. So somewhere mid-year I turned to drugs" Keep readingMore »

5. A Lesbian Teen's Story of Drug and Alcohol Use

Kendall, a lesbian teen teen, explains that she turned to drugs and alcohol, "Due to family circumstances, as well as school stress and not-so-great friends." But a near overdose and volunteering helped her realize that she was on a dangerous path... Read moreMore »

6. GLBT Teens Whose Parents Accept Them Less Likely to Use Substances

A study done by researchers at San Francisco State University confirmed something obvious but important: gay teens whose parents accept their sexual orientation grow up happier and healthier. In fact, GLBT teens with parents who accept them are less likely to do drugs, be depressed, or to attempt suicide, than do those with parents who react badly to their sexual orientations...Read moreMore »

7. Teens, Alcohol and Drugs: Common Myths and Facts

When it comes to alcohol and drugs, it can be hard for teens to separate fact from fiction.Many have heard that they should "just say no." Yet, that message alone hasn't been effective. What will be is for teens to have accurate information about substances. This, more than anything else, can help them make better choices about something that many will come across at some point during high their school years...Read moreMore »
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