$3M grants fund lesbian health study


CHICAGO (AP) -

A $3 million federal grant will help University of Illinois at Chicago researchers study lesbian health.

The five-year study will look at how excessive drinking is related to stressful experiences like discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Researchers want to see how women cope with stress.

The study grant comes from the National Institutes of Health and information will be collected from more than 600 adult lesbians.

Researcher Tonda Hughes said the study findings could help in the development of alcohol abuse prevention programs.

Hughes has studied lesbian health-related issues for more than two decades.

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