Study advocates free booze for the homeless
on 19/12/10 at 2:05 pmBooze News
That way, the study’s authors argue, young people will be less likely binge drink, and homeless people will be less likely to turn to cheaper non-beverage alternatives, like hairspray and hand sanitizer.
Alcohol in B.C. is extremely cheap compared to other provinces. The study compared the minimum prices of street-level drugs and alcohol across the province and found booze to be the cheapest mind-altering substance available. The average price of a beer is $1.86, but you can get a bottle of cheap swill for as low as $0.77. The average price for a spirit is $2.11, but they go as low as $1.01.
“The minimum price for exceeding national, low health-risk drinking guidelines on a single day was $2.32 for a woman and $2.90 for a man,” said Tim Stockwell, director of Centre for Addictions Research of B.C. and lead researcher in the study, in a uVic release.