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Thursday, January 19, 2006 0 comments
Reading: Cow escapes slaughter
Currently listening to: Sugar We're Going Down - Fallout Boy
Quote of the day: "Laziness is nothing more than the habit of resting before you get tired." - Jules Renard
I WAS going to write something meaningful (*cue collective groaning of my pathetic readership*) like the remainder of my experience in France including descriptions of the occasional village i went through, my time back here in KL and the various social festivities of the previous two weeks, my travel plans, maybe even my long overdue new year's resolutions, the fact that so many people are born in godamned January buuuuut...
Which you know just means that i'm going to post some
Free booze makes homeless healthier?
Giving homeless alcoholics a regular supply of booze may improve their health and their behavior, the Canadian Medical Association Journal said in a study published on Tuesday.
Seventeen homeless adults, all with long and chronic histories of alcohol abuse, were allowed up to 15 glasses of wine or sherry a day -- a glass an hour from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. -- in the Ottawa-based program, which started in 2002 and is continuing.
After an average of 16 months, the number of times participants got in trouble with the law had fallen 51 percent from the three years before they joined the program, and hospital emergency room visits were down 36 percent.
"Once we give a 'small amount' of alcohol and stabilize the addiction, we are able to provide health services that lead to a reduction in the unnecessary health services they were getting before," said Dr. Jeff Turnbull, one of the authors of the report.
"The alcohol gets them in, builds the trust and then we have the opportunity to treat other medical diseases... It's about improving the quality of life."
Three of the 17 participants died during the program, succumbing to alcohol-related illnesses that might have killed them anyway, the study said.
The report showed that participants in the program drank less than they did before signing up, and their sleep, hygiene, nutrition and health levels all improved.
The per capita cost of around C$771 ($660) a month was partially offset by monthly savings of C$96 a month in emergency services, C$150 in hospital care and C$201 in police services per person.
Turnbull said some of the people enrolled in the program had stopped drinking altogether, although that was not an option for many of the participants.
"We agree 100 percent that abstinence is the most appropriate route," he said. "But in this subset of people where abstinence has failed, there is still a need to provide care."
And the life of a hobo just gets easier and easier...
Thats all i got. Hopefully a better update at some point in time.
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