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Thursday, October 4, 2007

BBC's Holby City criticised for binge drinking

By Nicole Martin, Digital and Media Correspondent

The BBC has been accused of encouraging excessive drinking after an episode of its hospital drama Holby City showed two medics "necking" five tequila shots at the end of a stressful day at work.

The Portman Group, the regulatory body for the drinks industry, has complained to the television watchdog Ofcom and directly to the BBC about the "graphic and gratuitous portrayal of harmful drinking behaviour" in the show. The episode, broadcast at 8pm last month, featured a woman medic asking a barman to "line them up" before telling a male colleague, "neck these and come to mine".
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