Free drinks may improve the health and lives of homeless alcoholics and reduce their run-ins with police, according to a study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.
Seventeen chronic alcoholics who drank upwards of 46 [freakin' sic] glasses a day over the past 35 years, including cheap substitutes such as mouthwash that often led to unconsciousness, were offered a glass of wine or sherry each hour, from 7:00 am to 10:00 pm at an Ottawa shelter over five to 24 months. . . .
"Once the craziness of their alcoholism is under control, their wasted lives on the street turned around, they're interesting people and all that destructive behavior is behind them," [study author] Turnbull said.
"They'll never be fully integrated into society, but they'll be less of a drain and even contributors."
So a thus-far unrealized dream of mine--not just to be less of a drain on society, but actually to be a non-fully integrated contributor to it (while drunk!)--is finally within reach.
(Via Drudge, who also links to another mot for the Pat Robertson blooper reel: "Robertson says Sharon's stroke is God's punishment.")