LGBT Health - Alcohol and Drugs

Alcohol and drugs: disparities and resources

According to the most recent National Survey on Drug Use and Health, about 8% of Americans use illegal drugs, and 20% of Americans binge drink. Data from Wisconsin indicate that the rate of alcohol and drug use among the LGBT community may be even higher. For example, when compared to their heterosexual counterparts:

LGBT youth are:

  • 1.6 times as likely try alcohol before the age of 13; and
  • 3 times as likely to use hard drugs.

LGBT adults are:

  • twice as likely to binge drink; and
  • nearly 5 times as likely to ride in or drive a car when the driver has had too much to drink.

The following resources are intended to address drug and alcohol use in the LGBT community.

All external hyperlinks are provided for your information and for the benefit of the general public. The Department of Health Services does not testify to, sponsor, or endorse the accuracy of the information provided on externally linked pages.

Hyperlinks marked with the State iconicon indicate Wisconsin resources.

Alcohol addiction
Description: Symptoms of alcohol addiction and statistics about alcohol use among LGBT people published by the Pride Institute
Resource availability: Minneapolis, Minnesota and Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Internet

Drug abuse
Description: Symptoms of drug abuse and statistics about drug use among LGBT people published by the Pride Institute
Resource availability: Minneapolis, Minnesota and Fort Lauderdale, Florida

The Galano ClubState icon
Description: LGBT friendly 12 Step recovery groups at the Galano Club
Resource availability: Milwaukee

Pride Institute
Description: LGBT drug and alcohol addiction treatment center
Resource availability: Minneapolis, Minnesota and Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Recovery Connection
Description: LGBT drug and alcohol addiction information and referral resource
Resource availability: Internet

Substance use, addiction, and treatmentState icon
Description: Wisconsin DHS website on substance use, addiction, and treatment, including links to other resources
Resource availability: Internet

Support Groups at OutreachState icon
Description: Support groups at Outreach, Madison's LGBT community center
Resource availability: Madison

Last Revised: November 23, 2014