Although Jimmy may not typify all homeless alcoholics in cities in the United States, his case serves to illustrate how drinking and alcohol abuse play major roles in the personal problems of the homeless. In fact, research studies over the past 50 years estimate the prevalence of alcoholism as somewhere from 20 percent to as high as 50 percent. For example, recent studies conducted in Boston (Garrett and Schutt, 1989), Denver (Atencio, 1982), New York (Barrow and Lovell, 1982), and Oregon (Multnomah County Social Services Division, 1984) estimate that from 30 percent to 50 percent of the homeless have a problem with alcohol abuse or alcoholism. Figures based on similar studies in Ohio (Roth and Bean, 1986), Baltimore (Fischer and Breakey, 1987), Milwaukee (Rosnow, Shaw, Concord, Tucker and Palmer, 1985), Phoenix (Brown, MacFarlane, Paredes, and Stark, 1982), and Los Angeles (Ropers and Robertson, 1984) estimate the prevalence somewhat lower at 20 percent to 30 percent.
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