We had a visitor last weekend. A very old friend of Greg's from university days. We had not seen him for the last 25 years or so. He had been ensconced in work up in Yorkshire, we down here in London, and our paths had not crossed again until now. Having established over our recent exchange of Christmas cards that he was in London at the moment for a few months, we invited him over for the day. Greg told him beforehand not to bring any alcohol with him as "we are not drinking much these days because of medication." I must confess to being really pleased, if not astounded, that Greg kept to this mantra I had offered him as a way out. I had been fearful that with a friend he had not seen for so many years there might be an excuse for a boozy celebration, but he stuck to his guns. As a result, the friend did not bring any alcohol, we did not serve any and a good day was had by all as we exchanged 25 years of our mutual news.
Maybe there is light at the end of the tunnel after all.