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Working for Beer

Three alcoholics set out on their daily route to collect litter in the eastern part of Amsterdam. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

Working for Beer

In a pilot project that has drawn attention in the Netherlands and around the world, the city has teamed up with a charity organization in hopes of improving the neighborhood and possibly improving life for the alcoholics. Not by trying to cure them, but instead by offering to fund their drinking outright. That is, participants are given beer in exchange for a little work collecting litter, eating a decent meal, and sticking to their schedule.