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

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.332.7533.70-a (Published 12 January 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:70

Why are so many people homeless?

The world is full of homeless people. They live in hospitals,
prisons, shelters,
shacks, and on the street. We try not to think about these people, because

they remind us that our lives are not that secure. We assume that homeless

people are derelicts who don't care about themselves, but this is not
true.
Homeless people are professionals, average people, senior citizens, and
runaway teens, who are often helpless to change their situation.

Homelessness is often the end result of malnutrition and addiction.
As people
become homeless, their diet and their addictions become worse.
Homelessness and addiction are a vicious cycle that society can't correct.
It's
ironic that society promotes the sale of addictive substances but ignores
the
consequences of addiction. Society must choose between economic health
and human health.

Competing interests:
None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

05 January 2007
Hugh Mann
Physician
Eagle Rock, MO 65641