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Alcohol & Drug Use by
Sexual Minority Adolescents
in High School

Orenstein, Alan (2001). Substance use among gay and lesbian adolescents. Journal of Homosexuality, 41(2): 1-15. PubMed Abstract.

Grade 9-12 students in a large Massachusetts high school were asked the following five questions that were used as indicators of the definite to possible presence of same-sex desires in the individuals studies.

Positive responses to the "Homosexuality Indicators" questions were then used to determine levels of drug and alcohol use (lifetime, meaning any use in one's lifetime, and use in the past 30 days) by students on the basis of the number of indicators responded to with a "Yes." The "results were as follows:
 
 
 

Percentage of students reporting various use of drugs in one's lifetime:
 
 
 


 

Percentage of students reporting various use of alcohol, marijuana, and other drugs (Above graph, all drugs added to form one category.) in one's lifetime:
 
 
 


 

Percentage of students reporting various use of drugs in the past month:
 
 
 


 
 
 
 
 

 
 

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