How do you take your cup of tea?

Many Scots are self-confessed tea addicts with over one million claiming they cannot function first thing without their brew.

According to the research by older people’s charity, WRVS, released to coincide with its Great Brew Break fund raising event this week to raise money to alleviate loneliness among older people, over a fifth of Scots drink five or more cups a day with three per cent over 10 cups. At an average 3.2 cups a day, this means almost 870,000 gallons are consumed in total. Scots drink on average over 13 million cups of tea a day.

And the gallons drunk are typically strong - the most popular shade of tea in Scotland, selected by more than a third, is a mid-dark brown with only one percent selecting the most milky and pale looking shade.

Scots are creatures of habit when it comes to tea, with 46 per cent always using the same cup or mug. Over half say the way that they take their tea has not changed in years and five percent do not let anyone else make it!

The WRVS Great Brew Break runs from April 29 until May 5 and is supported by Yakult and PG Tips, and will see tea events held throughout the country to raise funds to help the charity alleviate loneliness among older people. Nearly three-quarters of over 75s that live alone feel lonely.

Anyone who is interested in taking part in the Great Brew Break can download a fund-raising pack to help with ideas, along with tips on how to organise and promote their own tea party by visiting or by telephoning 0845 600 5885.