Hollyoaks spoilers follow.
Luke Morgan found himself tempted by alcohol again during Monday's (May 31) episode as the world really seemed to weigh him down.
As fans will know, Luke has long struggled with his sobriety and things came to a head over his mum's health issues. Luke's been thinking a lot about Sue's health as of late and his dementia has only made things harder, as he's started to think about his own demise.
Sue had to be given oxygen after collapsing, which seriously played on her son's mind. Things didn't get any better either when Misbah warned him that his mum was only getting weaker as well as more dependent on others over her "irreversible" heart failure.
Unable to cope, a terrified Luke ran away from the hospital and found himself having a heart-to-heart with Mandy, during which he admitted he "could use something stronger" after she offered him some chips.
Luke explained that he felt like he was experiencing "one slap in the face after another" and said he didn't know how much more he'd be able to take, to which Mandy explained how much his kids need him.
Luke then admitted he was so worried about his mum dying because he knew he "wouldn't be far behind her" and would spend his last days "getting the same pity and looks".
He added, "I'm scared, Mandy. I'm not ready to go," as he revealed he was worried about who would look after his kids when he dies.
"You're here now and so is your mum. You need to focus on that," Mandy told him.
Luke later took a trip to The Dog where Joel was drinking a beer and caught his eye. Joel headed behind the bar to get Sylver, but it quickly became clear a cola wasn’t exactly what Luke was looking for. When no one was looking, he reached for Joel's beer.
But he didn’t go under the radar.
Joel came back and asked what Luke what he was doing as he held the bottle, and just at that moment, Cindy turned up and asked the exact same question. Will Luke really turn back to alcohol to deal with his mounting problems?
Hollyoaks airs weeknights at 6.30pm on Channel 4, with first-look episodes airing at 7pm on E4.
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