The Northampton Chronicle and Echo informs us that there may be plans for a "wet house" in Northampton to help deal with about 30 people who regularly drink on the streets. Do you think this is a good idea?
I think not.The impact on street drinking in a town can be a problem, but this merely moves the problem indoors.
Why not set up a "dry house" where people who have a problem with drink can go for help, advice and support from other drinkers, as well as local support services.
I have seen this in action already in another town in the East Midlands and it has worked wonders. There is a very positive reception throughout the town to the group; they help each other; and they draw services together to focus on those people who need help. They do not allow drinking on the premises and encourage and mentor one another to stop drinking.