Managed Alcohol Program Could Work in Manitoba: Report

Managed Alcohol Program Could Work in Manitoba: Report

Managed Alcohol Programs provide access to safe, beverage alcohol to minimize the varied potential harms associated with chronic alcohol use. (PEXELS.COM)

A new report released Friday says a Managed Alcohol Program could be a viable option in Manitoba.

Sunshine House released the report, saying it has support from peers, frontline staff and policymakers who were consulted and that the program is sorely needed.

“Managed Alcohol Programs are an evidence-based intervention that seek to improve the health, wellness and safety of people who use alcohol chronically, are experiencing homelessness, and who often use non-beverage alcohol,” said Sunshine House in a press release.

“MAPs provide access to safe, beverage alcohol to minimize the varied potential harms associated with chronic alcohol use.”

Some of the findings included the need for more day-to-day support for those who are struggling, access to programs regardless of sobriety, making sure some programming reflects Indigenous culture and values, that programing focus on healing and harm reduction, and that any program must be trauma-informed.

Read the full report here.

— Staff

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