IntroductionThere has been growing attention to the health status and health behaviors of lesbian, gay and bisexual people . One area of concern is the disproportionate rate of alcohol use among sexual minority youth and adults. A robust and growing body of research indicates that sexual minorities have an elevated risk across a variety of alcohol‐related behaviors, including early initiation , frequency of use , heavy episodic drinking , alcohol‐related problems and alcohol use disorders . The studies documenting sexual orientation disparities in alcohol use also typically find larger differences between sexual minority and heterosexual women than between sexual minority and heterosexual men .Given its short‐ and long‐term health consequences, heavy episodic (binge) drinking is an important health risk behavior . Researchers have proposed recently that the commonly used standard binge drinking measure of 4+ drinks for women and 5+ drinks for men may mask the prevalence and consequences of high‐quantity alcohol consumption . A substantial proportion of binge drinkers, particularly young adults, consume two or three times the standard 4+/5+ binge drinking level . Hingson and colleagues , for example, found that 8% of US adults reported drinking at two times the standard binge level and 3% reported
Addiction – Wiley
Published: Jan 1, 2018
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