Homelessness - Research Article from Drugs, Alcohol, and Tobacco

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In the late twentieth century, homelessness became a serious issue in the United States. Increased numbers of men and women were living in shelters or on the street. Many viewed homelessness as a condition caused by excessive drinking and drug abuse. Although this view has a long history in American life, the picture is in fact more complicated. Other factors besides alcohol and drug abuse have contributed to the problem of homelessness in modern society.

ALCOHOL, DRUG, AND MENTAL HEALTH (ADM) PROBLEMS AMONG HOMELESS CLIENTS IN 1996
Specific Combinations Past Month (%) Past Year (%) Lifetime (%)
Alcohol Problem Only 13 12 9
Drug Problem Only 7 7 6
Mental Health Problem Only 17 15 10
Alcohol/Drug Problems 7 10 15
Alcohol/Mental Health Problems 10 10 15
Drug/Mental Health Problems 5 7 8
Alcohol/Drug/Mental Health Problems 8 14 30
No Alcohol, Drug, or Mental Health Problems 34 26 14
SOURCE: Interagency Council on the Homeless. "Homelessness: Programs and the People They Serve," U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, 1999. .

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