Groups Work to End Alcoholism Among the Homeless

By Staff Writer

Many homeless individuals are hit with the double issue of drug addiction and mental illness. The combination of these problems can make it very difficult for them to seek substance abuse counseling to help them end their habits and rejoin society.

For this reason, a West Coast neighborhood is leading a campaign to get liquor stores to stop selling alcohol to customers who they suspect to be homeless, according to 10News.

One resident told the news source that cutting off the supply of alcohol to homeless individuals is the first step in helping them end their addictions. They have asked local liquor stores to stop selling to these people. If these establishments do not comply, some residents have threatened to stop patronizing them.

Instead of selling them alcohol, these activists hope that liquor store owners will begin distributing information about substance abuse treatment programs to the homeless.

A total of 66 percent of homeless individuals struggle with substance abuse, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.