Booze-fuelled stars of Doctor Foster ‘set a dangerous example’
HIT drama Doctor Foster has been accused of promoting an ‘irresponsible’ message on drinking.
Critics say the characters binge-drink and use alcohol as a crutch to get over problems. Many use large glasses and in at least one scene the lead character swigs from a bottle.
Alcohol awareness organisations
‘A third of a bottle in one glass’
have complained that wine features prominently in a number of scenes in the BBC1 drama, including tense confrontations, solitary evenings in and even conversations in the street.
In one controversial moment, lead character Gemma Foster, a GP played by Suranne Jones, is seen drinking with her 15-year-old son’s friend in his home.
While Gemma is shown to be extremely troubled by her feud with ex-husband Simon, her binge-drinking habits have raised concerns.
Campaigner Helena Conibear said: ‘Portraying alcohol as a way to cope with stress and pressure is worrying, as is the image of drinking on your own.
‘The glasses shown are often huge, too, and could be holding 250ml of wine, that’s a third of a bottle in one glass.’
Dr Sarah Jarvis, medical adviser to Drinkaware, said: ‘I am very sad to see a prime-time drama effectively sending out the message that it’s not possible to enjoy a social situation without alcohol.’
Vanessa Hebditch of the Liver Trust in Britain, said: ‘Drinking alone, frequently or using alcohol to relieve stress, as the character appears to be doing, is dangerous and can lead to serious health problems including liver disease.’
The BBC declined to comment.
Doctor’s love interest James Swigging from the bottle: Lead character Dr Foster, played by Suranne Jones, below and main picture