The objective of this study is to describe the prevalence of alcohol and drug use and attitudes towards alcohol use in a group of New Zealand lesbian women.
The method used is 1,222 copies of a postal questionnaire (the Lesbian Mental Health Survey [LMHS]) were distributed via lesbian newsletters over a 4-month period.
Responses were received from 561 women, an estimated response rate of 50.8%. The respondents were predominantly New Zealand European, highly educated, urban women in the 25-to 50-year age bracket ; 30.1% smoked cigarettes, and 90.2% had drunk alcohol at some time in the past year, over half once per week or less.
The median number of drinks per week was 1.5 drinks, equivalent to 22.5 ml alcohol per week.
Despite a comparatively low reported use of alcohol, 48.1% of respondents expressed the view that alcohol is used excessively in the lesbian community ; 75.8% had used cannabis at least once, 32.6% in the past year ; 30.8% had used recreational drugs other than cannabis and alcohol at some time, 4.5% in the past year.
Mots-clés Pascal : Consommation, Boisson alcoolisée, Cannabis, Cannabidaceae, Dicotyledones, Angiospermae, Spermatophyta, Tabac, Prévalence, Homosexualité, Homme, Femelle, Epidémiologie, Santé mentale, Nouvelle Zélande, Océanie, Lesbiannisme
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Consumption, Alcoholic beverage, Cannabis, Cannabidaceae, Dicotyledones, Angiospermae, Spermatophyta, Tobacco, Prevalence, Homosexuality, Human, Female, Epidemiology, Mental health, New Zealand, Oceania
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Cote : 98-0470835
Code Inist : 002B18C05B. Création : 19/02/1999.