Friday, September 30, 2005

Inebriation Street

Back in July, Corrie Canuck reported on a survey stating that Coronation Street residents are Britain’s biggest soap boozers.

The Mirror reports that Weatherfield has come under the microscope again by members of the charity ‘Alcohol Concern.’

Alcohol Concern reacted angrily to the results of the research after The Mirror revealed high levels of on-screen boozing by top stars.

If it’s good enough for the PM . . .

On Coronation Street, as many as 200 units were drunk or ordered (in a one week period) and in one particular episode a staggering 64 per cent of scenes were alcohol-fuelled.

Recently, in the UK episodes, after two days of bingeing to drown sorrows, Charlie (Bill Ward) starts the day with a mug of neat vodka.

In the Rovers the usual crowd – young and old – are ordering pints with their lunch.

In EastEnders, even more units were consumed than in Corrie – about 270.

Both shows had several examples of characters relying on alcohol to get through the day – knocking back whisky and vodka at breakfast time.

A spokeswoman for Alcohol Concern said: “At the moment, portrayal of alcohol on the television tends to be almost completely one-dimensional.

“Alcohol so frequently plays a part in human misery – through health problems, crime, violence, accidents and financial ruin – that, sadly, there is no shortage of potential dramatic storylines. The message that comes across is that drinking to excess is the norm and getting drunk carries no adverse consequences.

“This simply stokes the binge-drinking culture in this country. We would like to see a more rounded, accurate portrayal of alcohol on the box.”

News source: The Mirror (edited to remove spoilers)

1 comment:

Jacqueline said...

wait....charlie starts his day off with a mug of neat vodka?!

THAT explains why I find him so gosh darn sexually attractive.