Spoilers: Alcoholic Laurel relapses and hits the bottle in Emmerdale

Since the heart-breaking decision to abort her unborn baby, Laurel Thomas (Charlotte Bellamy) in Emmerdale has been hiding away, trying to process her decision.

In recent episodes, Laurel told Priya (Fiona Wade) she was returning to work, leaving a worried Jai (Chris Bisson) to wonder if she was fit to return, and in upcoming scenes, it appears Laurel isn’t coping as she relapses and hits the bottle.

Laurel’s alcohol addiction developed in 2015 after she struggled to accept recent events. Turning to drink caused her to become violent and aggressive towards other villagers.

In 2018, her addiction was revisited following a row with her secret lover Bob Hope, which pushed her to breaking point. Laurel grabbed a bottle of whiskey and let her inner turmoil get the better of her and considered drinking again.

While Laurel has been in recovery, many viewers have speculated whether Laurel will fall off the wagon after terminating her baby.

Soon Laurel is tempted by a glass of champagne, but will drinking this one glass be the start of a sad return to drinking again? Or can Laurel stop herself before it’s too late?

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