National Study of Managed Alcohol Programs
Managed Alcohol Programs (MAPs) operate in several parts of Canada, though to date only one evaluation has previously been published. This indicated that an Ontario-based program successfully helped previously homeless alcohol-dependent men to reduce their consumption and experience fewer acute alcoholrelated problems. The Program involved offering them sheltered accommodation along with controlled access to alcohol in hourly doses. This harm reduction approach is being increasingly considered in Canada as a means of responding to people with unstable housing and severe alcohol problems who appear unable or unwilling to engage in abstinence treatment. Related motivation is to encourage reduced use of non-beverage sources of alcohol such as methylated spirits, rubbing alcohol, hand sanitizer and mouthwash.
Visit the project website at www.carbc.ca/Research/MAP.aspx
B. Pauly, T. Stockwell, C. Chow, K. Vallance, C. Hacksel & R. Joe Funding provided by:
Vancouver Coastal Health