I'm sure you've heard the claim before that
Giving money to homeless men and women is just supporting their drug addiction.
But how true is that claim?
In any instance where I've tried being generous and buying them food -as opposed to simply throwing money out the window- I got the impression that the gesture wasn't appreciated. I'm willing to accept that there is a level of discomfort with people accepting handouts, as I too would be humiliated. These are personal experiences, so take that for what it's worth.
A little research nets me studies that loosely back that drug addiction theory.
38% of homeless people were dependent on alcohol and 26% abused other drugs.
At face value, those numbers are in line with what one might think, but I'd personally imagine non-homeless citizens probably succumb to about the same addiction numbers. That's a total guess, though. I have no real understanding of what constitutes alcohol/drug dependence.
So what's the deal, are the majority of homeless people drug addicts?