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Recently, the BASIS reviewed a study looking at the association of youth suicidality and alcohol use based on sexual orientation. The study used data from the U.S. Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System survey from 2009 - 2017.

The study found that the rates of suicidality were elevated among both male and female high school students who drink regardless of sexual orientation. However, there were also some differences based on sex and sexual orientation. Notably, the rates were especially high among males who were unsure about their sexual orientation. Male high school students who were questioning their sexual orientation had close to four times the odds of suicidal ideation and seven times the odds of suicide attempts.

The national survey did not ask about gender identity. So the researchers were unable to look at whether the gender identity of high school students was associated with suicidality and alcohol use.

BASIS. (25 May 2021). Are Sexual Minority Youth at higher risk of experiencing suicidality when they drink? The DRAM, Vol. 17(6).

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