- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 19, 2013

The National Institutes of Health is spending $1.5 million to study the public-health significance of why lesbians are at a higher “risk for hazardous drinking,” CNS News reports.

The University of Illinois has received grants since 2009 for its project, Cumulative Stress and Hazardous Drinking in a Community of Adult Lesbians. The project cost taxpayers more than $600,000 in 2012 alone.

The researchers theorize that lesbians report higher rates of traumatic events, making them more likely to engage in hazardous drinking. They also say the problem is compounded for “lesbians of color.”

The study aims “to test models of the relationships between cumulative stress and hazardous drinking in lesbians,” and whether “sexual-minority stressors” and “racial/ethnic-minority stressors” predict hazardous drinking in lesbians.

“Findings will have important scientific and public health implications for identifying groups at greatest risk for hazardous drinking and for developing culturally sensitive prevention and intervention strategies,” the grant states.

Since 2009, the project has received $2,675,202, averaging $668,800 in grants per year, CNS reports.

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