The social context of LGBT people's drinking in Scotland

The social context of LGBT people's drinking in Scotland

This SHAAP-funded qualitative study (GLASS: Gay & Lesbian Alcohol Study Scotland) explored the social context of drinking among LGBT people in Scotland, and was undertaken by Dr Carol Emslie, Ms Jemma C Lennox and Dr Lana Ireland. Analysis of respondents’ accounts pointed to the centrality of alcohol on the commercial gay scene (which itself is situated within the heavy drinking culture of the west of Scotland), the habitual promotion of drinks such as alcopops, spirits and shots in gay venues, and the strong peer pressure to drink across the lifecourse. Respondents also described the necessity of drinking in order to venture onto the gay scene and to conform to what they perceived to be the drinking norms of the scene.

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