Is Coronation Street legend Audrey Roberts (Sue Nicholls) descending into alcoholism? That certainly seems to be the way things are headed in the coming weeks as several people pick up on the fact that Audrey is never far away from a glass – or bottle – of wine.

Shona (Julia Goulding) picks up on the sound of clanking bottles coming from Audrey’s shopping bag as she heads back from the shops after buying Sam (Jude Riordan)’s new school books. It could be milk, of course, but Audrey has never expressed much of a fondness for dairy products.

Then when Gail (Helen Worth) arrives home to find her mum with a glass of wine in her hand, Audrey’s offended when Sarah (Tina O’Brien) says she’s been drinking all evening.

Audrey complains that nobody trusts her with anything any more, so Shona persuades a dubious Rita (Barbara Knox) to ask Audrey to do her hair for a night out.

This plan seems to be going smoothly. Rita notices quite a few bottles of wine about the place but doesn’t say anything and just asks for a glass for herself.

When Shona comes back and finds the pair getting on well, she smugly takes the credit. Audrey realises she was set up and reacts angrily. Rita has had enough of biting her lip and her patience snaps, too.

She has a go at Audrey about her daytime drinking and storms out – leaving a gobsmacked Audrey.

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