Home Office official figures on drug use in England and Wales have, for the first time, been analysed by sexual orientation.
- Gay or bisexual adults were more likely to have taken any illicit drug in the last year than heterosexual adults. In particular, gay or bisexual men were the group most likely to have taken any illicit drug in the last year (33.0% had taken drugs in the last year), with higher levels of illicit drug use than gay or bisexual women (22.9%) and heterosexual men (11.1%).
- Adults from mixed ethnic backgrounds were the most likely to have taken any illicit drug in the last year compared with adults from other ethnic groups. Adults from Asian or Asian British ethnic backgrounds generally had the lowest levels of last year drug use.
- Last year cannabis use was highest among adults from a mixed ethnic background than for adults from other ethnic groups. The overall mixed ethnic group had a higher prevalence of last year cannabis use than any other group (13.8%), for example when compared with adults from a white background (7.0% overall).