And a perhaps tipsy 10 percent said they have tried to open a screwcap bottle with a corkscrew.

London - Drinking wine in the evening or among friends is meant to be a civilised affair.

But it seems many of us are letting the side down. For half of Britons regularly commit faux pas when they enjoy a glass, a survey has found.

The top error for 36 percent of the 2 000 wine drinkers polled was storing their bottle of red in the fridge. Others simply forget their manners totally.

Nearly 30 percent confessed to “necking” their drink – polishing it off a little too quickly – rather than savouring the flavour.

A greedy 13 percent said they fill their glass to the brim, and an even greedier one in 12 said they drink it from the bottle.

Even in polite company we can’t seem to help ourselves, with 46 percent admitting to filling their own glass before their guests.

Meanwhile 20 percent said they have served wine in a tumbler rather than an elegant glass.

And a perhaps tipsy 10 percent said they have tried to open a screwcap bottle with a corkscrew.

But for many the problem could be rooted in a lack of confidence, with 61 percent in the poll for the International Wine Challenge competition rating their knowledge as “beginner”, and half feeling daunted in restaurants.

Daily Mail