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Social Identity and Meaning: Alcohol and other Drug Prevention/Interventions for Mental Health Professionals Working with Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered Clientele
John Joseph Peregoy, Kay L. Bartosz, and Brett Hendricks
Studies suggest that the rate of alcohol and other drug (AOD) use among the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered (GLBT) populations ranges from 10% to 30%. This rate is three times higher than the general population in the United States (DeBord, Wood, Sher,
& Good, 1998). Since this segment of our society is not always readily visible or accepted, this is probably a modest estimate. As such, researchers have been unable to provide accurate alcohol and other drug abuse estimates among GLBT individuals. The purpose of this article is to serve as a primer for counselors that may work with these populations.