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Wet House' plan to tackle Wellington Homelessness – MSN NZ News

Wellington mayoral candidate Justin Lester says his plan for the country's first wet house would help addicts on the road to becoming more independent.

A wet house is a residential facility where alcoholics can continue to drink, and research from Washington University found most of those people would halve their intake while they were there.

The move has been welcomed by those who work with rough sleepers, who said the city's homeless population and begging problem was growing.

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Study shows wet houses can moderate drinking – Radio NZ

An American study which suggests homeless people should be allowed to drink alcohol in night shelters is fuelling calls to establish wet houses in New Zealand.

The research, published in the American Journal of Public Health, found homeless people who stayed in wet houses, where alcohol is allowed, cut their intake by half.

The Washington University study followed 60 homeless people at a wet house in Seattle for Lead author Assistant Professor Susan Collins says many homeless people are dependent on alcohol and refuse to stay in shelters which have an abstinence policy, but once that barrier is taken away they moderate their drinking.

The director of New Zealand's National Addiction Centre, Professor Doug Sellman, was struck by the comments of the people in the study.  Click here to read more…

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The ‘Wet House’ Where Alcoholics Can Keep Drinking – New York Times

In a sterile 12-by-12 concrete room on the second floor of St. Anthony Residence, a 60-year-old man with glassy eyes and a stomach full of cheap vodka sits at the end of his twin bed, a cigarette resting between his chapped lips. “Ballerinas dance, and alcoholics drink,” Dave tells me with a chuckle. It’s 10:30 on a Monday morning, and he has already been to a nearby liquor store and back.  Click here to read more…

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Happy Hour? ‘Wet Houses’ Allow Alcoholics to Drink, With Surprising Results – Heartland Time

It sounds like an alcoholic’s vision of heaven: a free place to live, paid expenses (mostly), and an ample supply of booze. But the reality of “wet houses” for homeless alcoholics looks more like hell, even as these programs — which take their residents off the streets — reduce costs to taxpayers and health-care providers.  Click here to read more…

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Background: People who are homeless and chronically alcoholic have increased health problems, use of emergency services and police contact, with a low likelihood of rehabilitation. Harm reduction is a policy to decrease the adverse consequences of substance use without requiring abstinence. The shelter-based Managed Alcohol Project (MAP) was created to deliver health care to homeless adults with alcoholism and to minimize harm; its effect upon consumption of alcohol and use of crisis services is described as proof of principle. Click here to read more…

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What are Managed Alcohol Programs? – Sunshine Coast Health Centre

Recently, a CBC News article described a fairly unknown harm reduction method called a Managed Alcohol Program (MAP). While this article highlighted an initiative operating in Amsterdam, there are a few of these programs taking place in Canada. With more municipalities incorporating harm reduction strategies like these into their addiction prevention and treatment campaigns, making sure communities are educated on such programs is important.  Click here to read more…

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Managed Alcohol Programs – Professor Kate Dolan, NDARC

NDARC Professor Kate Dolan reports on her experiences investigating Managed Alcohol Programs (MAPs) in the United Kingdom and Canada. Managed Alcohol Programs (MAP) are a novel service for homeless people with severe and intractable alcohol dependence where clients receive a regulated amount of alcohol at set times.  Click here to read more…

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To Study Managed Alcohol Programs – The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust of Australia

Many homeless people are plagued by alcoholism. They place a high burden on hospitals and police and are assaulted when drinking on the street. They are unable to control their drinking.

Managed Alcohol Programs (MAPs) provide homeless chronic alcohol dependents with a regulated amount of alcohol and housing to stabilise their drinking. They provide a range of services. MAPs require a high level of co-ordination between key agencies. According to staff, the MAP transforms many clients with dramatic changes in appearance, outlook on life and behaviour.

Click here to read the report – Total 18 pages

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Feasibility of a Managed Alcohol Program (MAP) for Sydney’s homeless

Alcohol dependence affects almost half of Sydney’s homeless adult population. Alcohol dependent homeless people experience higher rates of chronic illness, injuries and assaults, longer hospital stays, increased mortality, and higher levels of contact with the criminal justice system. Many also suffer from mental illness and alcohol related brain injury.

Click here to read the report – Total 45 pages