"Worst" street alcoholic in Bristol drinks nearly three bottles of spirits a day
An alcoholic who used a "wet clinic" for street drinkers in Bristol drank nearly three bottles of spirits a day, according to a report.
The person - who is not identified as male or female - had the highest recorded consumption of alcohol at the clinic in St Jude's - 17.5 litre bottles of spirits a week.
This works out at 100 units of alcohol per day - 33 times more than the recommended maximum daily intake.
Men are urged to drink no more than 3 or 4 units a day which is slightly more than one pint of beer or lager.
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Women should drink less - about 2 or 3 units a day - which is the same as a standard glass of wine.
The wet clinic was set up to tackle street drinking and help alcoholics who are often homeless.
In July last year, the clinic was reviewed by the Bristol Primary Care Trust and found that out of the 75 clients, more than three-quarters of them (55) drank more than 101 units of alcohol each week.
In a fifth of the cases, the amount consumed was not recorded. Two were street sex workers but not street drinkers; two needed urgent admission to hospital because of liver disease; two were in a mental health crisis; four needed access to a GP for brief treatment; three were initial engagements with a GP to consider their health; three were drug users and one was not stated.
A report which was put before city councillors says one of the key findings of the review was the money saved by avoiding the need for clients to visit a hospital's A and E department.
The clinic is a service which is run by a number of agencies including the care trust and the city council under the Safer Bristol initiative.
Councillors were also be told the number of beggars has fallen dramatically since the city's Streetwise scheme was introducted ten years ago.
Before the launch of Streetwise, there were regularly more than 200 beggars at any one time on the city's streets.
But the report says that on a typical day, there are only five.
The current caseload includes 25 beggars and 28 street drinkers who are being monitored.
There are a range of services to help them including the wet clinic, specialist drug and alcohol services, and a day centre.
A charity called St Mungo's works in close partnership with the wet clinic and other agencies to provide a service for street drinkers in Stokes Croft.
Of the 53 clients who have received support,
+ 38 are street drinkers,
+ 27 have been successfully housed,
+ 16 have been referred for treatment and six of these had inpatient alcohol detox,
+ seven are waiting for detox and the rest are thinking about it.
Councillors noted the contents of the report.