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Old 01-05-2006, 08:29 PM   #1
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Just in case anyone missed this...only in Canada...

Study: Free booze benefits homeless alcoholics

TORONTO, Ontario (Reuters) -- 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."


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Giving me free booze would sure improve MY behavior.
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Wow, it must be sweeps week at CNN.com, there's another article where Pat Robertson claims that Ariel Sharon's stroke was a result of being "smoten" by God.

http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/01/05/rob...ron/index.html
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Wow, it must be sweeps week at CNN.com, there's another article where Pat Robertson claims that Ariel Sharon's stroke was a result of being "smoten" by God.

http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/01/05/rob...ron/index.html
I'm a big supporter of Christian teachings, but Pat is a doofus.

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Study: Free booze benefits homeless alcoholics

TORONTO, Ontario (Reuters) -- Giving homeless alcoholics a regular supply of booze may improve their health and their behavior . . .
I'm ready to move to Canada.* First, free health care . . . now, free booze.* How far can they be from free sex?* *
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I'm ready to move to Canada.* First, free health care . . . now, free booze.* How far can than be from free sex?* *
Hey SG, you are married. For you, sex will never be free.*

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I'm ready to move to Canada. First, free health care . . . now, free booze. How far can they be from free sex?

You don't have free.....I thought everybody everywhere had......nah can't be I must be confused.

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I'm ready to move to Canada. First, free health care . . . now, free booze. How far can they be from free sex?
They've got that already, but its with woodland creatures and toronto prostitutes...which are pretty much hard to tell apart.

But then again, for a guy who likes to pee in holes in the ground, it might work out for you
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Actually, the Canadian Supreme Court (or whatever they call it in Canada) recently legalized group sex in public "group sex clubs". They held it wasn't indecent as between a consenting man and woman and woman and woman and man and man and woman. I'm guessing the lovin' is pretty free in those clubs (if that is your bag).



In response to the article, this study seems kind of ridiculous. What about the negative health effects of consuming 15 servings of alcohol per day? Liver problems anyone?

These guys were probably too drunk to commit crimes and unable to feel sick.

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Actually, the Canadian Supreme Court (or whatever they call it in Canada) recently legalized group sex in public "group sex clubs".* They held it wasn't indecent as between a consenting man and woman and woman and woman and man and man and woman.* I'm guessing the lovin' is pretty free in those clubs (if that is your bag).
Yeah, once you pay the cover charge. And I'd hate to see their employer's health insurance premiums.

I've lost track of the debate-- was this invented in Canada or exported from America?

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In response to the article, this study seems kind of ridiculous. What about the negative health effects of consuming 15 servings of alcohol per day? Liver problems anyone?

These guys were probably too drunk to commit crimes and unable to feel sick.
C'mon, we're probably going to find that there was an NEA or NIH or some other TLA-agency grant involved. The study gave a bunch of people the will to live, a goal to achieve, and something to do all day (even if it's just waiting for the top of the hour). And if they have to stay awake for 15 hours then it's probably just a buzz, right? I'm sure everyone can think of a family member who lived a similar lifestyle for years while collecting Social Security.

No doubt dozens of researchers around the world are frantically scribbling grant applications to study the effects of marijuana, cocaine, nicotine, and other drugs administerered in small doses over long time periods. I'm not looking for a job but...
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