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Managed alcohol intake improves health of homeless alcoholic people, study shows

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 12 January 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:70
  1. Barbara Kermode-Scott
  1. Calgary

    A managed programme for homeless people with chronic alcoholism can stabilise their alcohol consumption, a new Canadian study shows, decreasing the number of visits to emergency departments and encounters with police.

    The study, published last week in the journal of the Canadian Medical Association, showed that the number of police encounters fell by 51% and emergency department visits fell by 40% among the participants, a small group of homeless alcoholic people who had repeatedly failed to complete abstinence programmes (CMAJ 2006;174:1).

    The managed programme was run from a shelter for the homeless in Ottawa by the city's Inner …

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