Nanny State Blog

Vice Squad is a great blog on the various attempts by the government to tell you how to live your life. My favorite recent post is about a homeless shelter that gives its residents wine!

Most shelters would not allow someone to enter if he had a bottle of alcohol on him. As a result, the homeless men would chug the bottle dry just before coming in — a solution that was good neither for the drinker nor the shelter.
[…] “People thought it would be crazy to let them drink in here — the staff wouldn’t be safe,” Manuel says. “But just the opposite happened. They took great ownership of having a place to go. When you let them drink here, the drinking goes way down.”

And the risk of poisonings via the consumption of rubbing alcohol is greatly reduced.

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