Peter Barlow hits the bottle

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Peter Barlow

Coronation Street actor Chris Gascoyne

Coronation Street's Peter Barlow is to hit the bottle again as he struggles to come to terms with his new life in a wheelchair following last week's tram crash, which saw him fighting for his life.

Coronation Street's Peter Barlow will hit the bottle as he struggles to come to terms with his new life.

The recovering alcoholic - who was left fighting for his life under the wreckage of The Joinery following the ITV1 soap's explosive tram crash last week - will fall off the wagon as he attempts to adjust to being wheelchair-bound after sustaining horrific injuries in the disaster.

Peter - played by Chris Gascoyne - will become frustrated when he drops all his groceries while out shopping, and as he wheels past an off-licence, the temptation to give in to his former vice proves too much.

However, as well as his drinking causing problems with his new wife Leanne Battersby (Jane Danson) - who he married in hospital when it was believed he may not recover from his injuries - the couple will see boozy babe Carla (Alison King) cause a wedge between them.

The Underworld manager - who was saved from her own battles with alcohol by Peter - will grow increasingly close to the bookie as she realises he has secretly resumed his former drinking habits.

An insider told the Daily Star newspaper: "Peter refused to give up on Carla when she was in the gutter, now it's her turn. But it's not a selfless act because she's desperate to sink her claws into him.

"The longer she's by his side, the greater the chance she has of getting him to herself."

However, with doctors warning Peter his sex life may never return to normal, both women may need to make sacrifices to be with the man of their dreams.

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