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New research finds 33% of Brighton’s LGBT population have used cannabis

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  1. Stuart Neyton 24 Aug 2009, 3:14pm

    This isn’t really shocking. I would have expected it to be much higher. 29.8% of everyone in England and Wales has used cannabis at least once in their lifetime.

  2. Stuart Neyton 24 Aug 2009, 3:16pm

    Okay maybe I should have read the whole article before rushing to wikipedia to find out stats that are different in the article.

  3. You have to remeber people lie and getting reliable drug satistics is hard. bbc says “The latest survey, 2003/04, suggests that 35.6% of people aged 16-59 in England and Wales have used drugs at some point. ”
    also the age range will change the findings so its all balls

    there are lies damn lies and statistics

  4. Brian Burton 24 Aug 2009, 5:57pm

    Who the hell is interested in this idiot survey?

  5. Doesn’t Brighton have a massive number of nightclubs? I’d be more interested if the study showed LGBT drug usage in Brighton was far higher than straight drug usage in Brighton rather than just measuring LGBT drug usage in Brighton, pointing at the national average and calling it a day.

  6. BouncerManInBlack 24 Aug 2009, 7:05pm

    The very LOW percentage demonstrated in this survey is an indication that the survey group was [1] not large enough and [2] was probably taken at a selected Brighton LGBT event.

    Most people (NOT all), but especially smokers, have PROBABLY had a quick ‘tug’ on a friends joint to see what it was like; the statistics shown are more likely to be the more honest responders and show those that have continued to use either infrequently or frequently.

    I would dare to suggest that the same results could have resulted if the STRAIGHT community had also been surveyed in the same manner.

    But, what a waste of resources here; why not find out if anyone is satisfied with the Sexual Health Clinics in Brighton, so that we can kick their arses into giving us a good service!

    I am a NON-drug user who had a round 3 joints 40 years ago!

  7. Gary Mills 24 Aug 2009, 7:14pm

    Well, I’m certainly interested in this survey. It confirms other findings that we use drugs that are (rightly or wrongly) illegal significantly more than most people.

    More gay people lose their lives to illicit drug taking than to hate crime – except that drug-related deaths tend to be hushed up, the coroners don’t want to upset the relatives unduly – and except that many LGBT killings turn out not to be hate crimes they first seemed to be.

    For some years I’ve tried to find any sensible response WE can make, anything we can do in our local communities. If the deaths were hate crimes, there would be demonstrations outside the local police station, but this is still law-breaking and it’s sitll unnecessary loss of LGBT lives.

    That’s not counting the damage to individuals and their relationships that is harder to quantify.

    We’ve got used to the stereotypes and in-jokes, even Stephen Fry can joke a poppers and gay parties. Now we have a subculture which has become seriously dangerous.

    I have precious few leads. One gay journalist (Paul Burston?) wrote some good articles on in notably in Time Out a couple of years back.

    No-one is setting up the equivalent of Broken Rainbow, yet this is OUR community’s problem – and WE need to own it.

    Is anyone else interested in looking at this pro-actively to see what could be done and what, if anything, is worth doing?

  8. Jan Bridget 24 Aug 2009, 9:59pm

    Yes, Gary, there are people out here who care about the issue and who have been trying to get it on the agenda for many years. I have been doing research on the issue (more on alcohol than drugs) for a long time. Here is a comparison with data from interviews with 50 members of GALYIC (Gay and Lesbian Youth in Calderdale) compared with the findings for young people in the Brighton study. Cannabis, 52% Brighton, 21% national, 34% GALYIC; cocaine, 28% Brighton, 6% national, 16% GALYIC; ecstasy, 35% Brighton, under 5% national, 14% GALYIC; speed/amphetamine, 17% Brighton, 3% national, 22% GALYIC; heroin, 4% Brighton, less than 1% national, 4% GALYIC. So it is also an issue in places where there is no gay scene.

    If you have a look at the GALYIC website, in the on-line support section: health – you will find a section on substance misuse as well as one on mental health and health inequalities – all of these sections look at the effects of homophobia on the mental wellbeing of LGBT young people (of course, the effects are likely to continue into adulthood for some people).

    It is my belief that until we start to acknowledge in our own communities just what a serious problem it is and what the causes are, we won’t get substance misuse services or national strategies to acknowledge it is an issue and provide appropriate services – they would rather continue to ignore us because, after all, we only have one health issue don’t we (sexual health) and what does substance misuse and mental health have to do with sexual health?

  9. Brian Burton 24 Aug 2009, 10:17pm

    Gary Mills,
    Do you think people will stop taking drugs, If we who do not shout loud enough? I’m afraid the answer to that is no. Compulsion, is an appropriate word for the 21st. centuary drugs culture. Will people ever stop taking drugs? No again. Dose drug taking kill the sex drive? Yes to that. So, If drugs kill so many drug takers, kills your sex drive, why do they continue to do it? Whoever can answer these questions is a better man than I Gungadin.

  10. This is all you need to know:

    University of Brighton researchers questioned 819 LGBT people between the ages of 16 and 75.

    What’s the betting most researchers headed for the nearest gay bar for a quick fix for the study. Those 812 can not reflect on the community as a whole its utter tosh.

  11. Brian Burton 25 Aug 2009, 7:46am

    My sentiments entirley–utter tosh!

  12. If you done the survey on college students, you’d get another “shocking” result. Surveying the “scene” is not indicative of the gay population.

  13. Brian Burton asked:
    Gary Mills,
    “Do you think people will stop taking drugs, …”
    The answer is “No”.
    But I do think we’ve created a problem over many, many years. It is distinctive for lesbian and gay people – probably bi and trans.
    It takes more LGBT lives and damages more LGBT lives than it needs to.
    And I believe it’s our problem and we can choose to take an active responsiblity for reducing its bad effects.

    Thanks for Jan Brigit’s comments – I’m getting in touch.

  14. Brian Burton 26 Aug 2009, 6:23am

    Gary Mills,
    I still think you are flogging a dead horse!

  15. Joanna Rowland-Stuart 1 Sep 2009, 8:42pm

    The study is from – if you look at the downloads section of the website the report is published in full.

    The 33% use cannabis is a scary figure, until one realises it is the number of LGBT respondents to the survey who had used cannabis at least once in the preceding five years.

    The percentage of regular cannabis users in the last 11 months is only half that.


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