How long Emmerdale character Laurel has struggled with alcohol addiction as fans fear she’s relapsing

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It’s all going on in Emmerdale, but then again when isn’t it?

And in recent scenes, iconic character Laurel, played by Charlotte Bellamy, had fans talking after she drank Champagne.

Laurel is currently grieving after terminating her pregnancy, and she was offered a drink while attending a party for Meena.

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Laurel takes a sip, mistaking it for orange juice without realising it’s Champagne, and she’s horrified, due to being a recovering alcoholic and immediately says: “That’s alcohol. I thought it was mine, it looked like mine. I have to go. It’s been really lovely but I have to go.”

She then returns home to Jai and admits she’s struggling, after having disappeared for several hours.

Laurel told him: “I just had to clear my head and go for a walk. Jai, all that time without a drink. I can handle it. Like you said it’s not like I wanted a drink, is it?”

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Yet she later tells him: “I’m not OK, I’ve been struggling you know, with the baby.”

And fans think Laurel might have relapsed after accidentally drinking the Champagne, with one person writing: “Laurel has just drunk some alcohol. Could she be heading for the relapse?”

Another penned: “I hope Laurel won't be heading back to a relapse. Drinking isn't the answer,” and a third agreed, saying: “Don't get tempted Laurel."

But when did Laurel’s drinking problem begin? Let’s take a look…

When did Laurel’s alcohol addiction start?

Laurel has struggled with alcohol addiction for the last few years.

Back in 2014 when Laurel was married to Marlon Dingle, she discovered he’d kissed Donna.

Laurel then ended up kissing her ex-husband Ashley and with everything going on she began drinking, which led to her losing her job at the factory.

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She struggled to keep her alcoholism a secret from her husband and her dad and everything began to go down hill for Laurel.

She punched Marlon and detached the retina in is eye and she ran over Marlon’s dog Daisy in a drunken state too.

Laurel also had a one night stand after which she contracted an STI.

However, the character eventually got help after a big meltdown but her addiction returned in 2018 after an argument with secret lover Bob.

She’s managed to stay sober ever since, but could the heartache over her baby lead Laurel to the bottle once more?

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