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January 2011

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Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services


Few studies explore sexual-minority women's experiences and perceptions of alcohol. Qualitative interviews were conducted with six sexual-minority women who reported having sought help for alcohol problems in the past and six who did not. Themes emerged in two broad areas: (1) stressors that contributed to heavy or problem drinking and (2) factors that enhanced coping and reduced both stress and problem use. Alcohol use across groups was framed in terms of social context (e.g., bar patronage), stress management, and addiction. The findings of the study underscore the importance of considering the role of alcohol in managing stress as well as coping factors that may inform social service interventions.


This is an Author's Original Manuscript of an article whose final and definitive form, the Version of Record, has been published in the Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services, 2011, copyright Taylor & Francis, available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10538720.2011.588930.

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