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The Alcoholisation of Homeless People: Questioning the Stereotype


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  • François Beck

    (OFDT, CESAMES (CNRS  INSERM  Université Paris-V))

  • Stéphane Legleye

    (OFDT, CESAMES (CNRS  INSERM  Université Paris-V))

  • Stanislas Spilka

    (OFDT, CESAMES (CNRS  INSERM  Université Paris-V))

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    In the French survey of the people who frequently use homeless shelters or hot meal distribution services, responses to some questions reveal the various levels of alcoholisation of the different groups of homeless people who use these support services. The variety of social situations discovered during the survey is matched by a large variety of behaviour with regard to alcohol. It is possible, to a certain extent, to compare the declared levels of alcohol use by the homeless to those levels observed within the general population. Alcohol and homelessness are not linked as closely as is commonly thought. However, when we take this general statement and study the signs of problem drinking, it appears that the proportion of people presenting significant risks of harmful alcohol use or dependency is markedly higher within the homeless population than within the general population, in particular amongst those individuals with the poorest social situations.

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    Article provided by Institut National de la Statistique et des Etudes Economiques in its journal Economie et Statistique.

    Volume (Year): 391-392 (2006)
    Issue (Month): (October)
    Pages: 131-149

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    Handle: RePEc:crs:ecosta:es391-392g

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    Keywords: Homeless; Poverty; Alcohol; Health;

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