Old Dominion University Receives $1 Million Grant To Study The Drinking Habits Of Lesbian Couples

imgresI am often reluctant to criticize the work of other academics but this one seemed a bit problematic.  The Old Dominion University was awarded a $1 million grant by the National Institutes of Health to conduct a study of lesbian couples to see if stress makes them drink too much.  Most people would say that stress drinking for any couple would seem well established in history without a million-dollar study.

We have an epidemic of heroin overdoses and a national mental health crisis. Yet, we are spending one million dollars for a study on whether stress drives some lesbians to drink.

imagesThe grant states that “Sexual minority women (i.e., women who self-identify as lesbian and bisexual) report more heavy drinking, more alcohol-related problems, and higher rates of alcohol use disorders as compared to heterosexual women.” The researchers note that “Despite this awareness, no studies have examined how relationship factors and partners’ alcohol use contribute to hazardous drinking among female sexual minority couples.”

There may be a good reason for that.

33 thoughts on “Old Dominion University Receives $1 Million Grant To Study The Drinking Habits Of Lesbian Couples”

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  2. Our tax dollars at work.

    You see, when government officials do not view every single dollar they spend like it came from their dear old Grandma, on a fixed income, then they just spend it like it grows on trees. And the more politicized they can make it, the better!

    And that is what being a fiscal conservative means to me – treating every single penny our government spends as if it all came from Grandmas on fixed income.

  3. Traditionally, gay bars were a place where gays and lesbians could meet, socialize, and have a place of comfort and safety. But being bars, the environment led to drinking and other ills such as fighting, promiscuity, etc. I’m not familiar with the gay social scene, but I would hope that a younger generation of gays will establish gay coffee houses, gyms, and/or other healthier establishments as an alternative to bars.

    1. TIN – gays and lesbians drink at separate bars. They also like different sports.

    2. TIN, some gays have attempted to establish churches as a substitute for bars, but they too have become a pickup place. I once saw a magazine for a convention of one such church and it looked more like a porn magazine rather than a church magazine. I think homosexuality is basically a sexual addiction and cannot be separated easily from that lust based foundation. Society as a whole has become much more licentious, so most people want to ignore or dismiss such observations. By miscategorizing homosexuality as benign and neutral, it secures hedonism as an acceptable standard for all of society.

      1. David, I don’t see homosexuality as benign or neutral or natural, but I was just opining that perhaps some of them could find healthier places to hang-out than bars. I did read a statistic once that said that the most promiscuous people are gay men, followed by lesbians, then straight men, straight women. I don’t know why homosexuals are so promiscuous; the same study said that gay marriage or long-term “committed” relationships doesn’t seem to have much of an impact. Personally, I think some gays are that way due to a hormonal imbalance, but for the majority, it is psychological.

  4. It has long been known that homosexuals abuse alcohol and drugs more than the general population. More modern studies have attempted to challenge the older studies, and that is part of what this study is doing.

    What I object to is the federal government spending my money on any issues like this. Even if your political philosophy is that the federal government needs to be paying for studies like this one, at least get rid of the debt first. It is stupid to borrow one million dollars for a study like this.

    Unless we vote Donald Trump in as the next President, we will continue to have an out of control federal government borrowing money to pay for studies such as this one.

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  6. I have a lesbian friend who lived with two lovers who were alcoholics and violent. And I used to take a lesbian friend I used to take to a lesbian bar so she could get picked up. I really never saw any heavy drinkers there, but I didn’t spend a lot of time with her, just dropped her off and made sure she was okay.

    However, I think there is a problem with women and drinking and this would be a first step in looking at the problem. I vote for the study.

  7. Where is all this free cash coming from?

    Begs to ask where these dykes on bikes are getting all this spare cash to buy expensive motorcycles? It’s hard to tell who the males & females are in this video.

  8. (this doesn’t have to do with lesbians per se, but a comment is needed)
    Mitch –
    Why are you worried about the federal debt? Federal debt is not like household or business debt. There is no timetable by which federal debt has to be repaid – ever. We still have debt from WWII that has not been repaid. So your great grandchildren will not be burdened with paying it back. Or their great grandchildren, either. And “printing money” does not necessarily cause inflation – despite increases in the debt, inflation is very very small.
    I repeat – federal debt is not like household or business debt.

  9. Squeek, bam, and Autumn, part of our hetero female contingent here making this blog much better by their presence. Although, we may have some lesbians. I’ve said many times. There are basically 2 types of lesbians. The ones who love other women seem much more friendly and normal. I do very well in my dealings w/ them. Then there are the man haters. Angry, humorless, people and ones to avoid if at all possible.

  10. Lesbians do drink a lot. Madison is the SF for lesbians. Combine their drinking culture w/ the Cheesehead alcoholic culture and you have a dysfunctional stew in many lesbian relationships. What this study will likely find is there is a real domestic abuse problem in lesbian relationships. Real controlling, nasty stuff. Worked more than a few cases involving abuse, stalking, etc.

  11. Its time to vastly shrink the Federal government. The Bureaucrats are destroying America anyways so not only will it reduce our debt but it will also cut out some of the cancer rotting out the country from within.

  12. If only they would spend some money to study why it is that lesbians appear to have a strange and inexplicable affinity for mullets, Home Depot and massive calf tattoos. . .ahh. . .the mysteries of life.

  13. @squeek

    Love that analogy of Scarlett I & II. I know many lesbians locally and to my knowledge they are not alcoholics. Happy nesters. From my experience it’s the gay men who drink to excess. Hanging around the gay bars enjoying multiple cocktails. And then of course there is brunch…

  14. Well, in their relationships each one of them has to put up with a crazy woman. There is no sane, rational non-hormonal partner. No wonder they drink.

    I mean think about it for a second. Imagine that you have one couple, Rhett Butler and Scarlett O’Hara. You are going to have some tension, naturlich. But occasionally there will be some sanity, because you have a Rhett.

    Now, imagine that you have another couple, Scarlett O’Hara and Scarlett O’Hara II. I mean one of them is always going to be up to some sort of histrionic shenanigans. No peace in that little family unit.

    And no, I am not betraying my own kind. I am just being realistic.

    Squeeky Fromm
    Girl Reporter

  15. On the contrary. If the results help alcoholism councilors to better serve lesbians the lowered costs of health care will more than pay for the cost of the research.

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