Friday, January 06, 2006

One more reason for Canada's rise to become the superpower it is today.

The Canadian Medical Association released the findings of a study this week that looks into one possible way for addressing the health and well-being of the homeless. Their solution? Free booze.

In the study, which has been ongoing since 2002, seventeen homeless adults were given up to 15 glasses of wine or sherry a day.

The result? The homeless were happier, healthier and drunker. They weren’t getting arrested as often, probably because they were too drunk to do anything.

There were a few negative results as well. From the story:
Three of the 17 participants died during the program, succumbing to alcohol-related illnesses that might have killed them anyway, the study said.
So there you go. If you lose your home in Canada, at least you can get the government to keep you happily drunk for the rest of your days.

Those Canadians; hockey, socialized medicine, and now the booze for bums program. It’s just one more reason think about moving north.

Link to story


stray_thoughts said...

I've heard of government cheese, but this story is just...surreal. It's like a weird Huxley tangent or something out of F451. The masses sedated into happiness.

"Sorry about your luck, Joe, but a nice family is moving into your old house and, hey, I hear the government liquor is pretty good!"

tanagrame said...

...they would've died anyway...interesting concept on the outlook of the homeless.

Jennifer said...

Hmmm. Is the government wine capped or corked? If it's corked, are the corks real, or plastic? We may have an environmental issue to consider here as well.

I am very concerned.

(and a little envious)

Angeline Rose Larimer said...

Need to pass this story along to some of my relatives.

We're all gonna die some time, right?

Chep said...

Canada does have low crime rates - and they don't lock their doors. That's gotta say something....