In the week it was claimed that eggs are worse for you than smoking, wine also got some iffy - but good - press.

Boffins reckon a chemical in red vino called resveratrol might improve old folks’ balance, in contrast to the way drinking half a thermos of gin during the bingo slightly worsens it.

Lost amid the sound of screw-caps crunching between arthritic fingers was the admission that you’d have to drink 700 small glasses of red wine a day to absorb useful levels. Even oenophiles might struggle with that.