A new study reveals that lesbian, gay and bisexual people are faced by additional health risks since they have a high likelihood of drinking and smoking heavily. It is thought that stress could be the contributing factor.
The researchers report that lesbians had a higher risk of poor health compared to other women and gays and bisexuals had a likelihood of reporting moderate to severe psychological distress. Compared to straight and gay people, bisexual adults were more likely to report psychological distress.
According to Gilbert Gonzales, the study author, the stigma and discrimination faced by the LGBT population may lead to low self-esteem, and the feelings of shame and rejection.
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