By Sara Sheridan published by The Huffington Post:
When I was growing up in Edinburgh in the 70s and 80s there were fewer homeless people around. Mostly they were older men who hung around the Grassmarket. I remember being told they were alcoholics. A rumour did the rounds at school that they drank meths – ‘You know, like in chemistry.’ Today in my hometown things have changed. There is a beggar on almost every block and they are younger and sometimes female and most of them don’t have issues round alcohol. In the last couple of years the problem has become more and more visible.
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