Substance Use and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex People

Research tells us that there is a much higher prevalence of problematic drug and alcohol use within the LGBTI population than the heterosexual population.

This training will help participants identify the particular issues faced by LGBTI people around problem drug and alcohol use, including chemsex.

Participants will explore why patterns of use in LGBTI populations can be different and will explore ways to engage with and support people.

Learning Outcomes

After the one-day course, participants will be able to:

  • recognise the research around LGBTI people and problematic drug and alcohol use
  • identify why LGBTI people are at higher risk of problem drug and alcohol use
  • identify strategies to support people
  • demonstrate the confidence and ability to contribute to developing more LGBTI friendly services which can better engage and support this community.

Aimed At

Drug workers, housing workers, social workers, GPs. nurses, teachers. mental health workers. pharmacy staff, prison staff. police and any others who come into contact with people who use drugs and/or alcohol.


Free within Scotland.


One day