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Like a food bank for the poor, but with alcohol.
Currently, there are food banks that will hand out free food to the needy. However, they never hand out alcohol. I think that the poor should be able to enjoy a beer or nice bottle of whiskey now and then.
The Booze Bank will provide the poor with a choice of alcoholic beverages, all donated by
businesses and individuals. Around Christmas, they might even add a bottle of fine rum to the "Christmas hampers" that the poor sometimes receive.
Actually baked and claiming good results
[zeno, Jul 14 2010]
||I once worked in a in a place and time where liquor
couldn't be sold legally on Sunday. Every Lord's day like
clockwork a crop of homeless alcoholics presented to the
ER of the sole public hospital with alcohol withdrawal
seizures or DTs. Admissions lasted a few days to a few
weeks, some to the intensive care unit, and might have
been prevented with a bottle of cheap booze. Most
resumed drinking anyway (or so it was believed: certainly
many did), so the brief detox did them no good -- quite
the contrary, since the DTs still carry about a 5% risk of
death. People occasionally suggested handing out free
drinks, but professionalism triumphed -- perhaps not to
the benefit of the patients.
||Alcohol kills the digestive coliforms in the gut making it hard to crap peanuts and stuff.
||Is it ever wise to provide free booze?
||[zeno] Thank you. If there were an award for HB links, yours
would definitely be shortlisted.
||//all donated by businesses and individuals// sure, I
might have an extra can of soup, but do you think
I'm going to give away a 6-pack or an unopened
bottle of gin?
||I like this. Not for me, so much, but for others. +