Photo by Alesa Dam.
by Katie Hyslop
An illicit drinkers community group in the Downtown Eastside needs empty pop-top and flip-cap beer bottles and screw-top wine bottles to keep its home brewing co-op program running smoothly.
The Drinkers Lounge Brew Co-op, which operates out of the Portland Hotel Society’s Drug Users Resource Centre at LifeSkills, was established last year to offer illicit drinkers home-brewed beer and wine as a safer alternative to the rubbing alcohol and mouthwash that is often consumed.
“It’s a community engagement piece,” said Sarah Common, PHS worker with the Drinker’s Lounge. “[Illicit drinkers are] a very hard-to-access group of people, and we’re finding that this [co-op] is really bringing them into the group and building something.”
This article appears in Megaphone #132.