. . . . lot’s of Emergency Rooms in the States keep beer in the refrigerator for alcoholics who come in to prevent withdrawals.
Interesting, Bodo. Didn’t know that.[/quote]
Bob, as a former ER security guard I find this hard to believe. May I request some proof? I saw dozens and dozens of drunks and detox candidates come in, shaking violently or slowly crashing and burning, and none were ever offered alcohol, although some drank the rubbnig alcohol.[/quote]
My impression, JD, is that you guys probably have a lot more first hand experience with this than I do (almost inevitable, since I have zero first hand experience).
Nonetheless, if such a policy were indeed to be put to use in hospital ERs, my guess is that is would not be something that the hospitals would advertize (i.e. that written “proof” might not be so easy to find). For obvious reasons.
Of course, it’s possible that one might find second hand reports of such practices (on the internet, or elsewhere), but it certainly doesn’t strike me as the kind of thing that you’d find on an AMA website or other official publication put out by the hospitals.
Just a thought.