Harm reduction program for chronic, homeless alcoholics is beneficial

A recent B.C. study has found that a program that provides alcohol to chronic, homeless alcoholics reduces emergency hospital visits and arrests, likely saving taxpayer dollars in the long run.

The Centre for Addictions and Research of B.C. examined a "managed alcohol program" at Shelter House, in Thunder Bay, Ont. The shelter provides regular doses of wine to chronic alcoholics to keep them from drinking things like mouthwash, rice wine or even hand sanitizer to feed their addiction.