8 June 2012 2:00 AM, PDT | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

'Coronation Street''s seven-year-old Simon Barlow has turned to booze. Simon - played by child actor Alex Bain - is rushed to hospital in an upcoming episode of the ITV1 soap after the stress of his dad's custody battle with estranged wife Leanne (Jane Danson) over him leads the youngster to drown his sorrows with a bottle of wine. Chris Gascoyne, who plays Simon's alcoholic father Peter Barlow, told Inside Soap magazine: ''It's very serious - a life-and-death situation. Simon's unconscious, so no one knows just how much he's drunk. Peter's thrown into total panic. ''Peter is angry about Simon going off the rails, »

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