Seaton House – Toronto Canada

The Annex Harm Reduction Program at Seaton House is home to 140 homeless chronic alcohol abusers. Many of these men have resorted to drinking things like rubbing alcohol or mouthwash while living on the streets. Rubbing alcohol and mouthwash are much easier to shoplift than whiskey.

The Annex supplies its clients with monitored quantities of wine (one glass per hour) to help keep them safe and reduce further harm from alcohol use. It is reported that clients at the Annex have reduced their drinking from levels as high as 46 drinks a day to levels as low as 8 drinks a day.

More information about Seaton House can be found at the Seaton House home page at:

http://www.toronto.ca/housing/sock/see.htm

and in the wikipedia article on Seaton House at:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seaton_House

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About Kenneth Anderson

Kenneth Anderson is the author of the book How to Change Your Drinking: a Harm Reduction Guide to Alcohol. He is also the founder and CEO of The HAMS Harm Reduction Network.
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