…(the term) ‘bottle gang’ refers to the typical form of street drinking in which indigent unattached men engage. The men appear to be heavy drinkers by conventional standards and are usually referred to as alcoholics, or in slang terms as ‘bums’, ‘drunks’, or ‘winos’. Generally they meet on the street, pool meagre funds, send a member to a package store to buy an inexpensive bottle of fortified wine, share the bottle in some public place (e.g. alley, doorstep, park or street corner in rooming-house areas, urban slums, or Skid Row quarter) and separate once the bottle is emptied.1
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