Rutgers School of Public Health Dean, Dr. Perry N. Halkitis, along with his current PhD student, Mr. Caleb LoSchiavo, and former MPH student, Ms. Annie Ristuccia, have published “Motivations for alcohol use to intoxication among young adult gay, bisexual, and other MSM in New York City: The P18 Cohort” in Addictive Behaviors.
The study examines the use of alcohol to intoxication in sexual minority men. The data was drawn from Dean’ Halkitis ongoing NIH funded P18 Cohort Study, which is part of the Rutgers School of Public Health’s Center for Health, Identity, Behavior and Prevention Studies (CHIBPS), which Dean Halkitis directs.
The investigators examined motivations for alcohol intoxication in racially, ethically, and economically diverse sample of gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM) in New York City. As has been consistent in the literature in examining risk, young Black and Latino gay and bisexual men reported a lower likelihood of drinking to intoxication than white men. This was also noted in men of lower socio-economic status. Drinking to intoxication was precipitated by a desire for socialization, intimacy, and the avoidance of negative feelings, which suggests a synergy between inter and intrapersonal factors driving these behaviors.
The study’s findings align with the themes that have emerged in Dr. Halkitis’ scholarly portfolio over the past two decades, which demonstrate that social structures and the experience of marginalization and discrimination fuel psychosocial burden in sexual minority men, which in turn provokes risky behaviors.
“The study’s findings further support the notion that education in and of itself is insufficient in reducing health risks,” says Dean Halkitis. “Focusing on behavior in the absence of attention to context and culture in which behaviors occur will also yield limited effectiveness.”
“Motivations for alcohol use to intoxication among young adult gay, bisexual, and other MSM in New York City: The P18 Cohort” was recently published in Addictive Behaviors.