Read this Guardian article (here) where they highlight a program offered at the Oaks, a converted hotel in Carlington, a working-class neighbourhood on the west side of Ottawa. Starting at 9:15 a.m. residents get their first “pour” a 7 ounce of white wine. Then they can get 5 ounce glasses each hour until 9:30 p.m. The amount of the pour has been carefully calculated for each resident and is just enough to stave off the shakes and sweats of detox, which for alcohol is particularly unpleasant, in fact, it may be fatal.

Bernie Pauly, a scientist at the Centre for Addictions Research of BC, at the University of Victoria, and Tim Stockwell, the centre’s director, are finishing a major study of five Canadian managed alcohol programmes. Their research found that such programmes greatly reduced the harm of drinking … “Participants drank more wine and less Listerine… and greatly improved their safety, stability, mental and physical health, housing, family relationships, life skills and self-esteem.”

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