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Fury As ITV Pay Student To Drink 48 Units Of Alcohol For Binge Drinking Programme

12/06/2014 10:10 BST | Updated 12/06/2014 10:59 BST

ITV has been slammed after paying for students to get so drunk one had the blood alcohol level of an A&E patient with blood poisoning.

The television network picked up the bar tab for four Liverpool students during its programme Tonight: Britain's Young Drinkers so they could examine the effects of binge drinking.

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One student, 19-year-old Jake Hirst, drank 11 beers, eight shots, seven vodkas, three tequilas and three whiskies - equating to 48 units of alcohol and more than four times the recommended daily allowance.

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Paul Tuohy, chief executive of Mentor, an alcohol charity told The Sun ITV should "hang their heads in shame".

"How can a programme produce a factual and balanced view when they’re dangling an endless amount of alcohol as a temptation to these young people? It’s truly unbelievable — and a good job that they haven’t got away with this."

One of the students' parents lodged a complaint with ITV after watching the programme, which was aired in April, leading to an internal investigation and, shortly after, producer David Warren's resignation.

An ITV spokesman said: "Following a complaint from a family member of one of the participants in the Tonight programme, ITV carried out an internal investigation into the issue raised."

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