Barbara Scully: I've decided to give up drink, but in this country that is the ultimate mortal sin
I remember well the first bottle of wine I ever bought. Well I didn't purchase all of it, I had shares in it, so to speak. I was about 16 and with a few girl pals walked to a local shop where we had heard they weren't very fussed about proof of age when purchasing alcohol.
We could afford one bottle between us. Nursing our precious purchase, we headed back to the house of a friend whose parents were away. Once there, we sat around the kitchen table and after a long struggle with a corkscrew managed to get the wine open and carefully doled it out between about five of us. Oh, the innocence of it all.
Since those heady schoolgirl days, I have had dalliances with various other tipples. But wine, well, wine has been quite honestly one of the great loves of my life. Right up there with my books and cats.