EASTENDERS fans are terrified for Linda Carter as she got drunk to cope with facing a driving ban for drink driving.
The Queen Vic landlady – who is played by actress Kellie Bright in the ITV soap – drowned her sorrows in the pub tonight after her solicitor told her she was facing the ban as well as a fine and course.
She had driven youngest son Ollie to school earlier this week and crashed into another mum’s car.
Witnessed by her frenemies at the school gates, they called the police and by the time Linda had got back they insisted on her doing a breathalyser.
She failed and was shamed in front of the other mums and decided to keep it a secret from husband Mick.
But in tonight’s episode she tried to not drink until the evening when she knocked the wine back like it was water and got increasingly drunk.
Fans were concerned when Linda spotted Chantelle Atkins talking to Mick and drunkenly confronted her in the toilets.
Accusing her of betraying her secret, Linda was unhinged and it left fans fearing the worst.
One wrote: “I can’t stand Linda, she needs to get her head together.”
A second said: “Linda, drinking alcohol is not the answer!”
Another added: “Linda needs to hold it together.”
The soap confirmed the harrowing alcoholismstoryline for Linda back in September.
“This autumn the Carters will face one of their biggest crises to date when Linda turns to alcohol to escape the increasing pressures of her family life,” executive producer Jon Sen said.
“Linda’s descent into alcoholism will be instantly recognisable to many a journey that begins with a single drink to cope with the everyday ups and downs but quickly escalates to a point which wreaks devastation on their life and the lives of those around them.
“In telling Linda’s story we hope that anyone in Linda’s situation or those around them notice the signs of alcoholism and seek the help needed.”