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Saturday, February 18, 2012

Free-alcohol project has improved lives of chronic drinkers

In October, the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority and the Portland Hotel Society began a pilot program that serves 12 daily doses of alcohol - one every hour from 10: 30 a.m. to 10: 30 p.m.- to eight chronic alcoholics living in the Downtown Eastside.

Four months later, there are some signs the program is having beneficial effects, said Dr. Ron Joe, Vancouver Coastal Health's manager of inner city addiction.

Known as the Managed Alcohol Program (MAP), Vancouver's is based on similar programs that have been operating in Ontario for 15 years, said Joe. > > > > Read More