Exclusive: Hollyoaks to revisit John Paul's alcoholism story

Hollyoaks spoilers follow.

Hollyoaks will revisit John Paul McQueen's alcoholism storyline next month, Digital Spy can exclusively reveal.

The Channel 4 soap will air a tough new setback for John Paul when his sister Mercedes makes a devastating mistake during a family party.

As the McQueens gather for some fun, Mercedes has a mix-up with the drinks which leads to John Paul accidentally consuming alcohol again.

John Paul is unaware that there's alcohol in his glass until it's already too late.

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In the aftermath, John Paul suffers a relapse and ends up too hungover to take his son Matthew-Jesus to a theme park as he'd promised.

Matthew-Jesus finally loses faith in his father and announces that he no longer wants to live with John Paul.

Can John Paul resume his sobriety journey and rebuild his relationship with his son?

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The new storyline has been revealed as the show releases another episode of its online documentary series Hollyoaks IRL, which explores real-life stories similar to the issue-based plots shown on screen.

The latest episode is titled 'Alcohol Free at 23 – Sobriety Saved My Life' and explores alcohol issues with the real-life story of Dominic McGregor, co-founder of marketing agency Social Chain.

Hollyoaks star James Sutton, who plays John Paul, meets Dominic in the episode and hears his story of excessive alcohol consumption – and how he ultimately overcame his problems to become completely sober six years ago.

Dominic tells James: "I kept making tons of mistakes, upsetting friendships, upsetting relationships. It kind of all accumulated into one blow-up, really, where it took other people around me to say you've got a problem.

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"There was a line for me where I knew I couldn't go any further, it's when I started to hurt other people."

Meanwhile, discussing the importance of Hollyoaks highlighting these issues, James says: "At Hollyoaks, a lot of the issues that we raise on the show, addiction or domestic violence, or drugs, or alcohol, one of our big things is about talking and having those conversations."

The latest episode of Hollyoaks IRL is available to watch now on the show's social channels.

Alcohol Change UK offers information, advice and support with their questions about drinking and the problems that can sometimes be caused by alcohol. For more information, visit Alcohol Change UK's website. Drinkline also offers free, confidential advice to anyone who is concerned about their own or someone else's drinking on 0300 123 1110 (weekdays 9am–8pm, weekends 11am–4pm).

Readers can also contact Drinkaware.

Hollyoaks streams first on All 4, with new episodes dropping each weekday morning. The show airs Mondays to Fridays at 6.30pm on Channel 4, and at 7pm on E4.

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