CHANGES IN ALCOHOL-RELATED HARMS:
The CARBC-led evaluation found that participants had
- 43% fewer police contacts
- 70% fewer detox admissions
- 47% fewer hospital admissions
- 33% less time in custody
compared to a control group who were not on a MAP 1.
MAP participants also reported
LESS FREQUENT USE OF NON-BEVERAGE ALCOHOL such as mouthwash or rubbing alcohol,
FEWER ALCOHOL-RELATED HARMS & IMPROVED SCORES ON LIVER FUNCTION TESTS 1.
IMPROVEMENTS IN QUALITY OF LIFE:
MAP participants were more likely to keep their housing and experience increased safety and improved quality of life compared to life on the streets, in jails, shelters or hospitals.
Participants described the MAP environment as a safe place characterized by respect, trust and a non-judgmental approach providing a sense of family, home and hope with opportunities to reconnect with family and culture 2.
Preliminary findings indicate that provision of adequate housing and individualized support to manage and regulate alcohol consumption can be a cost-effective way to address homelessness for those with severe alcohol dependence. When taking the social costs of homelessness into account, there is an estimated saving of $1.09 to $1.21 for every dollar invested due to significant reductions in frequency of health, social and legal service utilization by participants, both prior to entry and compared to a control group 3.
1 Vallance, K., Stockwell, T., Pauly, B. Chow, C., Krysowaty, B., Perkin, K. and Zhao, J. (2016). Do managed alcohol programs change patterns of alcohol consumption and reduce related harm? A pilot study. Harm Reduction Journal. http://bit.ly/1QNX8wE
2 Pauly, B., Gray, E., Perkin, K., Chow, C., Vallance, K., Krysowaty, B. and Stockwell, T. (2016). Finding safety: a pilot study of managed alcohol program participants’ perceptions of housing and quality of life. Harm Reduction Journal. http://bit.ly/1QNX8wE
3 Hammond, K., Gagne, L., Pauly, B., Stockwell, T. (2016). A cost-benefit analysis of a Canadian Managed Alcohol Program. A report prepared by the Centre for Addictions Research of British Columbia for the Kwae Kii Win Centre Managed Alcohol Program. http://bit.ly/24nUSte