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AKIPRESS.COM - U.S. government data released Tuesday showed that 2.3% of American adults are either gay or bisexual, and that these men and women more often reported serious anxiety and having self-destructive habits than their straight peers, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.
This year's National Health Interview Survey was the first to ask about sexual orientation in addition to health habits in its 57-year history, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Bisexual women were twice as likely to experience serious anxiety, while bisexual men were more likely to indulge in binge drinking than others.
In the survey of more than 34,500 Americans age 18 and above, 1.6% reported that they were gay, and 0.7% reported that they were bisexual. A total of 96.6% reported being straight, and 1.1% either said they were “something else”, did not know or declined to answer.
Roughly twice as many women as men identified as bisexual, with 0.9% of female respondents saying they were attracted to both sexes. Bisexual women were twice as likely to report having serious anxiety as any other group, with almost 11% saying they had been distressed in the past month.
Among bisexual men, almost 52% said they had five drinks or more in a night during the past year, compared with only 31% of straight men.
The CDC said the survey findings were in line with other research on health and sexual orientation, though a smaller proportion of people in this survey identified as bisexual than in other studies.