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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Canadian advocacy group wants free booze for alcoholics

Vancouver's Eastside Illicit Drinkers Group for Education wants the Canadian government to fund a program that would provide alcoholics with free booze. The goal is to prevent drunks from turning to less palatable sources of alcohol like mouthwash or hand sanitizer when their money runs out.

This makes as much sense to me as providing poor obese people with cheesecakes. Still, it's actually less diabolical than the U.S. government's policy in the 1920s of deliberately poisoning industrial alcohols, a practice that, by some estimates, killed at least 10,000 people by the time Prohibition ended.

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