“There is a widely held belief that cash given to poor people (especially to men) will be squandered on alcohol and other non-essentials”.

It’s a belief. One which isn’t supported by the evidence in this 2014 World Bank policy research working paper on “Cash Grants and Temptation Goods” which reviewed 19 studies world-wide. http://goo.gl/XdH7pB

The paper categorically concludes that “concerns about the use of cash transfers for alcohol and tobacco consumption are unfounded” and that “almost without exception, studies find either no significant impact or a significant negative impact of transfers on temptation goods. #basicneedsbasicincome #basicincomevancouver