Does he think he continually does a good job of portraying the alcoholic character as somebody who spends all of his time in a pub? As a recovering alcoholic, of three years sobriety, myself, I can say for a solid gold fat that this is not a case of balancing accuracy and the need for drama - this is merely cynical and completely un-researched. It is also dangerous as people in early recovery often look to external sources for guidance. In about 99% of cases, no recovering alcoholic would ever consider it safe to spend more time than necessary inside a pub.
What we have is, in a nutshell, a very cynical approach, not to the subject of alcoholism of recovery, but rather to ratings and keeping up with the Jones's in the imaginary Eastend.
But, of course, the MEN will not print this comment because it is serious and is a serious point. If you do decide to publish this, then I would like to ask Phil Collinson to answer me, and the many, many thousands of other recovering alcoholic in the UK and the world over, how he justifies this? He will not respond however, because he cannot justify it. Still, I would like to see him try.