Study: Drinking rate drops at Karluk Manor

Oct 11, 2013 -- 11:15am
- ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A University of Alaska Anchorage study concludes that homeless alcoholics reduced their consumption of alcohol after moving into a converted hotel that gives them a place to live. The Anchorage Daily News reports trips to the emergency room also declined after people moved into Karluk Manor. The Institute for Circumpolar Health Studies says the survey indicated the number of people drinking every day dropped from 71 percent to 36 percent. Researchers say rates of dental problems and injuries also declined. Karluk Manor spokeswoman Melinda Freemon says residents who move past survival mode begin to talk about their futures and goals. Karluk Manor is part of the Housing First program. Residents can continue drinking alcohol at Karluk Manor but are offered help toward sobriety.

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