Fort Good Hope bans alcohol for 7 days

Fort Good Hope, N.W.T., has banned alcohol for seven days for National Addictions Awareness week.

Temporary ban to mark National Addictions Awareness week

Fort Good Hope, N.W.T., has banned alcohol for seven days for National Addictions Awareness week.

Doris Manuel, the victims' services co-ordinator for the community, says she gave up drinking five years ago.

Manuel says she made the decision after her daughters — just four and six years old — had to help take care of her one night when she came home drunk.

"I seen me in them," she said. "Growing up, both my parents drank and there's a lot of drinking in the community. And I was thinking, 'Oh my God, I'm doing the same thing, what I grew up in.'"

Manuel says the week-long prohibition gives people a chance to experience life without alcohol.

The community is planning special events every day this week, to make sure people are busy and not thinking about booze.

    

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