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18 March, 2008

Wet house for Footscray?

Maribyrnong Council is consider a "wet house" or "wet park" idea where people with chronic alcohol problems could drink safely, be offered support and be isolated from the rest of the community to minimize fights and civil disobedience. Councilor Michael Clark suggested the idea after visiting a similar project in London.

Cr Michael Clark said "having a wet house provides an environment where there is supervision, and their health and social needs can be attended to rather than just moving them along."

Alcohol policy consultant Mark Boyd said "wet houses" and "wet parks" had been successful overseas. "It's a much more practical response than just burying our heads and pretending it's all going to go away," he said.

Source: The Age

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