Lifetime hostel care is the only answer for these men. That's the conclusion of a?
Lifetime hostel care is the only answer for these men. That's the conclusion of a special article in the current issue of
The Lancet, the medical journal, after a survey by a psychiatrist and three research workers.
The subject of the survey was fifty one 'regulars' at a soup kitchen in Stepney in London's East End run by a
Methodist Minister, the Reverend James Martin, to whom social misfits generally are a personal mission.
His special concern and that covered by The Lancet survey is alcoholics - London's Skid Row.
Men like these, vagrant alcoholics with personality defects that separate them from a normal live. Men more likely to drink in gangs, especially when it's not cheap wine or rough cider but surgical or methylated spirits all to easily obtained from many shops.
For accommodation derelict thrusts, bomb sites and air raid shelters are the accepted norm.
While local authorities allow such twenty-five-year-old relics of war-time to remain, there'll always be an excuse for 'sleeping rough'.
More than half the men covered by the survey were barred from various London hostels and lack of a fixed address out them off from welfare money. Many of them have been refused admission to hospital.
In Skid Row the end of the skid is two shillings' worth of neat surgical spirit.
Tonight - not for the first time - or the last - we feature the work being done by dedicated people to help others who are incapable of helping themselves. The subject tonight - alcoholism. Here's Ian Ross.