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Tea emerges as preferred beverage in UK: WRVS survey

DBR Staff Writer Published 24 April 2013

Britons drink on average nearly 166 million cups of tea a day, according to a new survey conducted by WRVS, an older people's charity.

The survey also shows that almost 25% of the people in the UK have a habit of drinking five or more cups per day, which is equal to 11 million gallons of tea in total.

More than 14 million Britons stated that they can't work on their first thing without drinking tea.

Out of the 11 million gallons, most people like to drink their tea as mid-dark brown and only 3% consumes consume their tea with milkiest looking shade.

Almost 38% of the people use the same cup or mug for their tea; more than 50% have not changed their way of drinking in years and a 7% likes to make their tea by own.

WRVS marketing and development executive director Verity Haines said: "A cup of tea, especially when it comes with a friendly ear, is a welcome combination, particularly to many of the older people we support who may not see anyone but a WRVS volunteer that week."

The research was released to coincide with WRVS Great Brew Break, the national tea party to raise money to alleviate loneliness among older people.

The WRVS Great Brew Break (29 April-5 May) supported by Yakult and PG tips, will see tea events held throughout the country to raise funds to help the charity deliver services to alleviate loneliness among older people.