Should taxpayers support wet houses?  In AA literature, it has been said that there are those who seem to be constitutionally unable to get sober.   A wet house is basically a place that allows drunks and addicts to enjoy a modicum of shelter and to drink, usually outside the premises.  Typically, shelters require residents to remain sober or they are disqualified.   What appears to be the ultimate in enabling is to some a less costly way of dealing with drunks.  The argument being ER, jail, and crime are the alternative and cost more than sheltering a drunk or addict.  Advocates of wet houses call it harm reduction.  Whether America comes to terms with its chronic population of drunks and addicts is yet to be seen.  Addiction doesn’t seem to be waning and it is in fact costing all of us too much money and grief.

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