A scoping report to help inform ALAC's consideration of its role in the reduction of alcohol-related harm in Takatâpui, Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual communities.
A multi-method research study was designed and implemented, combining literature review, policy analysis, and focus groups and key informant interviews with stakeholders.
Three sets of literature were reviewed and their findings synthesised: Firstly, papers on large-scale, population-based random studies comparing sexual minority people with heterosexual people with respect to the prevalence of alcohol use in Aotearoa New Zealand and internationally. Secondly, any papers on studies reporting prevalence rates of alcohol use amongst sexual minority people in Aotearoa New Zealand. Thirdly, a selection of papers on alcohol-related harm, as well as alcohol strategies, and alcohol prevention and treatment services.
A review of national alcohol policy from the Ministry of Health was conducted, screening relevant policies for references to sexual minority populations.
Four focus groups and six interviews were held with key stakeholders to capture their perspectives and insights on current services; to identify the perceived need for reducing alcohol-related harm amongst sexual minority communities; to identify key stakeholders; and to reflect on the role ALAC could play, i.e. strategies ALAC could look to pursue. Ten members of TLGB community organisations, ten providers of alcohol prevention and treatment services, and four alcohol policy-makers participated in the focus groups and interviews. A diversity of perspectives was ensured, including Māori, Pacific, Asian, new migrant, young, and rural perspectives.
The findings from these various research methods were used to inform our analysis.