I rarely give money to beggars.
Through their welfare system, most rich states help those with housing, health and education problems. Beside government handouts, various organisations assist the destitute. Like Outreach UK which says in its website that, “most people who beg have accommodation. Outreach workers can help those who do not access a hostel bed...”
Recent statistics by the English Metropolitan police claim at least 70 to 80 percent of beggars tested positive to Class A drugs, i.e. cocaine and heroin. Another social research document confirms that when you give money to those hanging out asking for help on street pavements, they purchase drugs and alcohol.