Free booze for alcoholics: Could managed alcohol programs work in N.W.T.?


For the majority of his life in Pond Inlet, Nunavut, Elisa Pewatoalook’s daily priority was getting his hands on mouthwash, hairspray and, if he was lucky, vodka.

But every day for the last four years, Pewatoalook has known where and when he could feed his addiction.

“They serve you alcohol every hour on the half-hour,” he says.

Pewatoalook is part of a managed alcohol program, also known as MAP, in Ottawa. The program is run by the non-profit Shepherds of Good Hope but is funded mostly by the City of Ottawa.

Elisa Pewatoalook

Pewatoalook is part of a managed alcohol program, also known as MAP, in Ottawa. ‘I need it to be stable,’ he says of getting a drink every hour. (Mario Carlucci/CBC)

Users are given seven ounces of homemade white wine when they wake up at 7:30 a.m. Every hour after that, residents are given five ounces, until they go to bed at 9:30 p.m.

While the practice may…



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