Trouble With Alcoholics? Give Them a Beer

Amsterdam's beer-for-work program illustrates the Netherlands's pragmatic, and surprisingly successful, approach to addiction.

Talk about fighting fire with fire. In Amsterdam, a charity group is paying local alcoholics in be?r to clean up a public park. The men used to loiter in Oosterpark, located in a poor area where half the population is immigrant: Surinamese, Moroccan, Turkish. They drank, fought and made passes at women. Locals hated them.

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