A model for lesbian, bisexual and queer-related influences on alcohol consumption and implications for policy and practice

McNair, Ruth, Pennay, Amy, Hughes, Tonda, Brown, Rhonda, Leonard, William and Lubman, Dan I. 2016, A model for lesbian, bisexual and queer-related influences on alcohol consumption and implications for policy and practice, Culture health & sexuality, vol. 18, no. 4, pp. 402-421, doi: 10.1080/13691058.2015.1089602.

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Title A model for lesbian, bisexual and queer-related influences on alcohol consumption and implications for policy and practice
Author(s) McNair, Ruth
Pennay, Amy
Hughes, Tonda
Brown, RhondaORCID iD for Brown, Rhonda orcid.org/0000-0002-5240-9831
Leonard, William
Lubman, Dan I.
Journal name Culture health & sexuality
Volume number 18
Issue number 4
Start page 402
End page 421
Total pages 17
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2016
ISSN 1464-5351
Keyword(s) Australia
cultural practices
ethnography
female sexuality
licit and illicit substance use
Summary Research consistently reports higher rates of problematic drinking among lesbian, bisexual and queer women than among heterosexual women, but relatively little research has identified underlying factors. Within this context, the aim of the present study was to qualitatively explore the sociocultural influences on alcohol consumption among lesbian, bisexual and queer women in Australia. An ethnographic study including in-depth interviews and 10 sessions of participant observation was conducted with 25 Australian lesbian, bisexual and queer women. Analysis of transcripts and fieldnotes focused on lesbian, bisexual and queer-related influences on alcohol consumption. Three lesbian, bisexual and queer-related factors were identified that influenced alcohol use: (1) coping, (2) connection and (3) intersections with lesbian, bisexual and queer identity. Most participants reported consuming alcohol to cope with discrimination or to connect with like-minded others. Alcohol use had positive influences for some women through facilitating social connection and wellbeing. Women with a high lesbian, bisexual and queer identity salience were more likely to seek lesbian, bisexual and queer community connection involving alcohol, to publicly identify as lesbian, bisexual and queer and to experience discrimination. National policies need to address underlying causes of discrimination against lesbian, bisexual and queer women. Alcohol policies and clinical interventions should acknowledge the impact of discrimination on higher alcohol consumption amongst lesbian, bisexual and queer women compared with heterosexual women, and should utilise health promotion messages regarding safe drinking that facilitate lesbian, bisexual and queer social connection.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/13691058.2015.1089602
Field of Research 1608 Sociology
1117 Public Health And Health Services
2002 Cultural Studies
111708 Health and Community Services
Socio Economic Objective 920499 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2015, Taylor & Francis
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